Safety

Former bus driver doesn’t regret breaking up fight

Posted on August 13, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — First Coast News reports that Leon Harris, a former school bus driver who was seriously injured after breaking up a fight in 2003, told the news outlet he has no regrets about his decision to intervene.

A student hit Harris with a fire extinguisher during the fight. The resulting injury left him with plates in his forehead and beneath his eye, and forced him to end his career as a school bus driver — although now he trains bus drivers.

The story comes on the heels of an incident on July 9 in Pinellas County, as SBF previously reported, in which a 13-year-old school bus passenger was severely beaten by three 15-year-olds. The bus driver complied with district policy, commanding the students to stop fighting and radioing dispatch for help, but not physically intervening. (The district reportedly advises drivers to only intervene if they determine that it would be safe to do so.)

Meanwhile, Duval County is instructing its school bus drivers not to physically involve themselves if students get in a fight, according to First Coast News.

To read the full story, click here.

Related Topics: driver training, student violence

Comments ( 4 )
  • Buslady

     | about 4 years ago

    Drivers should never have family members on the bus, to prevent that sort of situation that if their family member got into a fight. My aunt asked me what would I have done if it was my son who was getting clobbered, well of course I'm going to tear into the schmuck who's beating my son, that's mother's instinct. With that aside.... The driver did what he should have. Told them to stop and called for help. If he got into it, and was whacked unconscious, then who's going to protect the rest of the kids? It puts them all in danger.

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