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LANSING, Mich. — A father has been sentenced to jail and a mother to probation for an attack on a Lansing school crossing guard who tried to stop a fight involving their 7-year-old son.

The couple says they drove their son to a bus stop on March 31 to fight a 7-year-old bully. Crossing guard James Thompson , 73, was punched and suffered a chipped tooth when he tried to intervene. He even pulled out a small knife to defend himself.

Livingston also must pay $1,261 for Thompson’s medical costs.

“This whole thing was nonsense,” said 54-A District Court Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. “Between the two of you, somebody had to have some sanity.”

Clarke said the incident was “another reason people don’t like sending their kids to Lansing schools.”

Assistant prosecutor Jeff Cruz said the case was “shocking.”


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