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Convicted Idiot: Driver Who Passed School Bus Holds Her Sign Of Shame

Shena Hardin serving Day 1 of her time. She had to tell the world how stupid it was to pass a stopped school bus.

Shena Hardin serving part of her time this morning in Cleveland.

While smoking a cigarette, texting on her cellphone and declining to talk to the reporters there to watch, Cleveland's Shena Hardin this morning served Day 1 of her 2-day court-ordered punishment for repeatedly driving up on a sidewalk to pass by a stopped school bus:

She stood at the scene of the crime for an hour while holding a sign that said "only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."

As we reported last week, Hardin "had been seen pulling her dangerous stunt several times this school year. The bus driver, who had tipped off police about what she was doing, used a camera phone to catch Hardin in the act and was recording as she got pulled over by officers."

She was sentenced to stand with her sign for two mornings (Wednesday is to be the next), had license suspended for 30 days and was hit with a $250 fine.

There's video of her dangerous driving here.

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