An ordinance that would increase the penalty for driving around a school bus unloading students continues through Cleveland City Council committees.
CLEVELAND - A 32-year-old woman who drove on the sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus remained mum as she stood on the sidewalk holding an "idiot" sign as punishment.
Shena Hardin got out of a car and nonchalantly lit up a cigarette as a horde of cameras and reporters circled her. However, she did not say sorry. In fact, she didn't say anything.
Barraged by questions from the media, Hardin was silent, head tilted down with the brim of her black hat covering her face. As reporters walked away, she lifted a tissue to her face and sniffled, large sunglasses hiding her eyes.
Hardin continued leaning against a fence holding onto the sign attached to a wooden stick reading, "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." She passed the time with headphones in her ears and using her cell phone, as cars drove by honking.
At 8:45 a.m., Hardin got back into the passenger's seat of a car and was driven away. She'll be back outside with her sign same time, same place Wednesday.
Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr sentenced Hardin to stand at the corner of East 38th and Superior Ave. from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday wearing the 22 inch by 22 inch sign as part of her parole agreement. She was also ordered to pay $250 in court costs and had her license suspended for 30 days.
On Tuesday, court officials said Carr will join Hardin Wednesday morning. Carr doesn't feel Hardin is upholding the spirit of the sentence.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver Uriah Herron is credited with getting video of Hardin going around the bus on the sidewalk, as kids were loading and unloading.