North Tulsa community in shock after Langston Hughes Academy bus driver arrested for rape

Posted at 8:59 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 04:56:15-04

TULSA, Okla. -- A high school bus driver turned himself in after facing charges of rape and indecent proposal on Thursday.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office started an investigation after reports from two senior girls at Langston Hughes Academy. They claimed the bus driver and coach was pursuing an inappropriate sexual relationship with both of them.

The Sheriff's Office tells 2 Works for You the principal first got a report from a father who said his 19-year-old daughter admitted to having sex with 32-year-old Daniel Jones after he picked her up from a grandparents house. The senior has special needs, and her father was concerned with her ability to consent as an adult.

"Shock, of course. It's always a shock when you find those types of allegations that come about. We put a lot of trust and faith in our teachers and staff," Langston Hughes board president Carmen Pettie said.
Around the same time a 17-year-old reported a nude snapchat sent from the bus driver. He was suspended without pay two weeks ago.

"Langston Hughes Academy is a school that's actually going to change the perception. It might not be changing the perception this week but we are changing the perception of education for our young people and our families," Pettie said.

After a grade tampering investigation and a renewal of the charter school contract just weeks before this year began, students are frustrated to see their campus in a negative light once again.

"I was just like, wow. Really? Really? This is what's going on now? Other than that it's just focusing on the positive things," junior Earnest Kellum said.

The school will wrap up their internal investigation on Monday. In the meantime, they're bringing extra counselors on campus.

"Everybody is putting effort in because it's a team working here. It's not a big school so everything is as a team as a unit. We're all as one going forward," Kellum said.
The girls also reported that Jones would ask them out repeatedly and make inappropriate comments about their appearance.

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