Safety

School bus driver charged with felony neglect in student violence case

Posted on November 19, 2009

VALPARAISO, Ind. — The first trial in the case of three students accused of terrorizing classmates on a school bus was set to begin this week.

The bus driver will be tried for felony neglect of a dependent, according to the Post-Tribune, and faces up to three years in prison if found guilty.

The three former Portage High School students allegedly tormented fellow passengers from August 2008 to March 2009. They are scheduled to go on trial early next year for charges ranging from sexual battery to strangulation and intimidation.

The driver's attorney points to the school's lack of support for all bus drivers, as administrators allegedly knew of trouble with the students from the year before but did not inform the driver.

 

Related Topics: behavior management, legal issues

Comments ( 4 )
  • blue bird

     | about 6 years ago

    what can the driver do. The school district this the driver are stupid. The kids know the bus driver can't do anything about it. The Parents blame the bus driver. Transporting over 40 million dollars worth of lives and you people have the nerve to blame the bus driver. The parents needs need to be in jail too

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