QUEENSBURY - A Queensbury woman was charged with two misdemeanors Thursday after she called Queensbury Elementary School last week pretending to be the guardian of a neighbor's child, telling the school the second-grader wouldn't be taking the bus home, police said.
The incident was part of a dispute between the woman, Jennifer Bombard, 28, of Briwood Circle, and the family whose child was taken off the bus, officials said.
The boy was left at school for about 90 minutes because of the illicit phone call, state police said.
Bombard was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree criminal impersonation, state police Investigator Ron Pierone said.
She is accused of calling the school the afternoon of May 25, pretending to be a parent of 7-year-old Brian Barton. Police said she told school officials that Brian would not be taking the bus home and someone would come to the school to pick him up.
Brian is the child of Bombard's neighbors in the Forest Park mobile home park.
When no one came to pick up the child by 4:30 p.m. or so, the school district contacted the family, and learned that the boy's relatives had not called the district.
They learned that someone had called shortly after 2:30 p.m. to ask that Brian be kept off the bus so his parents could pick him up. The boy's younger brother was put on the bus, though, officials said.
The school notified its school resource officer, Trooper Phil Poitier, who began an investigation that led to Bombard being identified as the caller through phone records, officials said.
Police said she told them she was trying to protect her 7-year-old daughter, who she said had been picked on by Brian, Keith Burnett's son, on the bus.
Burnett, though, said he was not aware of any prior problems between the kids, and the school had not notified him of any.
Bombard called the matter "a big misunderstanding" and referred comment to her lawyer, Lewis Roth. Roth on Friday said he had just begun looking into the facts of the case, and could not discuss it.
Queensbury school Superintendent Brian Howard said the district planned a review of policies that is normally prompted in such an instance. But he said it appeared the school's policies were followed and worked as designed.
"Because of our policies, this was picked up," he said. "We were very proud we caught this incident."