LOCAL: Defiant Driver Issues Statement, Gets Support from Cleveland Man

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The woman ordered to hold an embarrassing sign for refusing to stop for a Cleveland school bus loaded with kids completed her second day of public punishment on Wednesday – and she wasn’t alone.

Shena Hardin had a sole supporter show up with a sign on his chest. He believed her punishment was too harsh, and stood in solidarity with her. The supporter wore a sign that said “If she’s an idiot, so am I.”

Hardin gave the following statement to Anderson Live:

“I broke traffic laws no different from running a red light or texting while driving.  All have the potential of dangerous consequences.  It’s a learning lesson for me and an example for my daughter that if you make poor or bad choices then you have to suffer the consequences.  But this won’t break me, and I’ll move forward. “

Judge Pinkey Carr ordered Hardin to stand at the corner of East 38th Street and Payne Tuesday and Wednesday wearing a sign that says, “Only an idiot would drive around a school bus.”

On Tuesday, Hardin never said a word during her punishment, and simply stood on the corner texting and talking on her phone. She also wore ear buds and smoked cigarette after cigarette. At one point, she blew smoke at our camera when asked a question.

32-year-old Hardin was caught on cell phone video driving recklessly around a Cleveland school bus full of children in September.

Witnesses say Hardin drove on the sidewalk on a daily basis to avoid waiting for the school bus on East 38th.

Fearing a potentially dangerous situation, the bus driver captured the act on cell phone.  The bus driver then contacted the Third District Police before starting his route.

Officers waited for Hardin, and caught her in the act.

Hardin pleaded guilty last week. Her license was also suspended for 30 days and she must pay $250 in court costs.

http://www.19actionnews.com/story/20091870/supporter-bearing-idiot-sign-stands-with-defiant-driver

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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