"If I was the judge, I would have had a board back and front and had her walk around the area she drove past because I think she took a nonchalant stance, smoking and listening to her music and playing with her phone," Hodges said.
"I don't think she knows the seriousness of her actions."
Hodges said the sentence wasn't too harsh or humiliating.
"Had it been me, I would have given her five days," he said.
Lee Cochrane, who drove by the scene, said the sentence should have been positive — perhaps requiring her to do a public service announcement on school bus safety.
"We don't know her personally. She could be a nice person but what she did was wrong," said Cochrane, of Youngstown. "It could have been my child on the bus."
Hardin's license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250 in court costs.