Safety

Teen Accused of Assaulting School Bus Driver

Posted on February 5, 2018

STAFFORD, Va. — A teenager here was arrested on Thursday for allegedly assaulting a school bus driver, authorities said.

On Thursday at about 4:41 p.m., deputies from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a fight involving a school bus driver. When they arrived at the scene, the deputies found that the driver was bleeding from the forehead.

According to a press release from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, the school bus driver, a substitute, told deputies that an individual who was trying to pick up a student from the bus was not on the list of people he could release the student to. The driver reportedly said that he would need to call the school to confirm that he could release the student to the subject.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said that the subject then got on the school bus and began assaulting the driver.

“An altercation between the subject and bus driver ensued, and the driver was punched in the face, causing a laceration on his forehead,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “The subject also struck the left side of the face of a bus monitor who attempted to block the subject from gaining access to the student.”

Deputies detained the subject and learned that he was a juvenile and that he and the student are siblings. The subject was acting as guardian of his sister and had been “dealing with a number of serious family issues,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A criminal complaint against the teenager for two counts of assault and battery was submitted to Juvenile Detention Services, which did not advise detention.

Meanwhile, the school bus driver was examined by medics and released.

Related Topics: driver training, law enforcement, school bus security, school bus stops, Virginia

Comments ( 7 )
  • J. idlette

     | about 12 days ago

    This will continue to happen and occur even more frequently until we can ensure swift/meaningful & appropriate actions are taken when offenses like this occur. Unfortunately, instead of acknowledging the severity of the situation, excuses were used to justify poor behavior. Not that the students home life doesn't play a part in his aggression, but non-action is inexcusable. Only in education does this happen. In reality, you're simply held accountable. Students should be taught lessons of accountability and consequence at an early age, so they'll be well prepared to deal with real world experiences. Are we truly preparing our youth? Are we teaching the valuable life lessons by minimizing such horrible actions? In my opinion, it enables an increase of disrespect our dedicated drivers must deal with from day to day from both students and parents. Transportation professionals deserve the utmost respect and support as they fulfill their responsibilities by strictly adhering to policy and protocol. Until this occurs, we'll continue to deal with challenges of driver shortages...minimal pay w/ maximum headaches!

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