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Children Beaten and Terrorized on School Bus – Sheriff’s Office Never Called

SPRING HILL – With growing concerns of school violence across the country and in our own backyard, parents are beginning to ask what can be done to protect their children, before, during, and after school.

Yesterday, RNRF reported an incident at Explorer K-8 that led to two thorough searches and the subsequent removal of a student, because he dreamed of “dead classmates.” Officials have since stated that there are no immediate threats and the all clear has been given.

RNRF receives dozens of tips from concerned parents – most pertain to student safety, curriculum, and funding. Over the last few weeks, RNRF has been investigating a particularly disturbing incident that occurred on a Chocachatti Elementary School bus. In an effort to protect the parents, students, and our confidential sources – some who have received threats of prosecution if they divulge certain facts regarding the incident – we will not reveal anyone’s identity, other than school officials.

According written statement by a County School Bus Driver, on January 25th of this year, Chocachatti school bus, 123, began its afternoon route from the school, west on Powell Road. As the driver approached the Sterling Hills Subdivision, a female student (3rd grader) alerted the bus driver that she had been punched in the nose by another student. The bus driver pulled over and helped the student, whose nose was bleeding, to the front of the bus.

The driver radioed transportation dispatch to report the incident but she was told to “let them know when she was back on the road and to write the student up.”

While tending to the injured student, the bus driver told the aggressor, a male fifth grader, to sit with her for the remainder of the route. The student replied “no” and ‘F**k off”  “I aint doing s**t.” At that time, the aggressive student kicked another student and began throwing items around the bus, cursing, and threatening other students. According to a sheriff’s office report, the student told one student “I have glass in my book bag and I’m not afraid to use it.”

The terror continued while the bus driver tried calling dispatch again from her cellphone. During that time, the aggressive student punched another female student and threw a pencil at her eye.

The bus driver contacted Supervisor, Bill Spencer, and told him that she needed a Sheriff’s Deputy. She was told that the boy’s grandmother was on the way to pick him up.

Another bus driver observed what was going on and stopped to see if she could assist. The 2nd driver boarded the bus and asked the aggressive student if he would sit with her until his grandmother arrived. He replied “No” called her a Ni**er” and said he was going to “F**k her up.” He then threatened her with a broken mechanical pencil and threw it at other kids on the bus.

The bus driver called dispatch again and spoke to Steve Daniels, who reminded her that the grandmother was on the way.

Finally, the child’s grandmother arrived and attempted to remove him from the bus. After a brief struggle, he was finally removed and left with his grandmother.

The bus continued on its route and law enforcement was never notified.

The following day, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office responded to Chocachatti to investigate the incident. According to a report, Chocachatti Assistant Principal,Sarah Trowell, explained the situation to the deputy, and provided the child’s information. That same day, the child and his father responded to the school for an interview.

The child’s father explained that his son is Autistic and has other developmental conditions that he takes medication for.

When the deputy asked the child why he attacked the children, he replied “because the bus driver wouldn’t turn on the air conditioning.” The child subsequently apologized for the incident and said “I don’t know why I get so angry.”

No criminal charges were filed against the child but he was suspended for 5-days, and will no longer be allowed on the school bus.

Parents of the injured children are upset that the law enforcement was not called immediately after the first battery occurred. And even more upset that they weren’t notified at all on the day of the incident.

School officials have not replied to our request for a comment at this time; however, we only submitted our questions today. We will check again tomorrow to see if a statement will be provided.

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  • At the meeting with the father, child and the deputy the following day, this young man should have been arrested. How many people is HCSO going to allow him to assault before he is arrested. That’s it, pretty simple I would say. A lot of people dropped the ball on this one but HCSO screwed the pooch on this one by not arresting this young man. Every parent whose child was assaulted needs to go to the prosecutors office in Brooksville and file a complaint and request that charges be filed. That way HCSO is out of the loop and it is the responsibility of the justice system to make this right. God help us all! If nothing is done, and this child goes on to maime or kill someone else, then ch ching, lawsuit. However, it should not take the death of someone else before something is done. I am a mother and I know my heart would break if my child was arrested, but I would rather my child be arrested and spend time in the juvenile system than to wait until he kills someone and spends the rest of his life in prison. As a mother, I also would not want my child to be assaulted. So at this point you have to look at it, right or wrong, blak or white. I pray the justice system will do the right thing.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 10:28 am
  • Food for, your just a jack of all trades aren’t you. Lmao

    Monday, 29 February 2016, 7:50 pm
  • Child should not be allowed back on the bus. Hes a danger to the other kids. Bad parenting is also an issue here due to the words coming out of the childs mouth. Throwing a fit because he is not getting his way. There all different degrees of autism however, it can be controlled with counseling, good parenting skills and pr meds if that doesnt work. A parent needs to drive this child until its gotten under control. Ive dealt with autism kids I know.

    Sunday, 28 February 2016, 1:49 am
  • Due to actions such as this happening with our kids in this county, the school board will lose a bit more money. There’s a number of us parents who are banning together and pulling our kids out of public schools and homeschooling them instead.

    A teachers child receiving special treatment, imagine that. The teacher who can’t control her own student but is in charge of ours. No thank you. We will educate our own kids at home.

    Friday, 26 February 2016, 6:28 pm
    The adults in the situation aren’t always at fault…if a child is placed in a classroom or on a bus, that teacher or bus driver can’t do anything. You should be mad with administration, not the adults that were unfortunate enough to have this child around them.

    Friday, 26 February 2016, 3:51 pm
  • This child was removed from that school bus and now is placed on a different bus receiving special treatment because his mother is a teacher and complained??? WTH now the new bus driver has to make a special trip all the way back after dropping off all the other students just to appease this childs mother? How is that solving this childs issue and why does one parent/child receive special treatment? Real News Real Fast can you look into this?

    Friday, 26 February 2016, 1:33 pm
  • For those people that think that the bus driver did everything right, well she had a phone and could of called 911 for an officer to come. What would of happen if that kid had a knife or any weapon, are you just going to sit there and let him do whatever to the other children NO.

    Friday, 26 February 2016, 11:15 am
  • and for the grown ups that handled the situation, terrible job id have them all fired putting my child n danger

    Friday, 26 February 2016, 9:57 am
  • So etoye, why don’t you drive a bus and show the county how it’s done.

    Friday, 26 February 2016, 7:12 am
  • The discipline needs to start at home. Most of the teachers in the Hernando county schools are substitutes with no teaching degree. The reason for this is because of the school administration who do not support the the teachers and let the students run the schools. The past school year there was a mass exodus of teachers from this county because the administration did nothing to help control these type of students. I.S.S and O.S.S are just a joke to students they think of it as mini vacation. The students can’t be touched thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union. So in the future think of the movie Idiocracy because that is our future. Anyone have any Gatorade! the plants are dry.

    Friday, 26 February 2016, 1:55 am
  • Buses with kids that have special needs have and aid on them,usually!! The bus drivers I see are way to old to be driving,but they do it for medical insurance! and lot of them don’t like kids! The great minority job!!!! Fact???

    Friday, 26 February 2016, 1:38 am
  • Fact is there is no money for our children,County administration is corrupt .The way it should of been handled is call the HCSD.Bottom line .Bring back ass whoopin like we used to get !!!
    This County is going to hell .Thanks to the people running it .Filling there pockets with impact money that should be going into our school system and other county budgets!!!!The parents need to take action against all that handled it incorrectly.If it was my kid that got hurt the parents would of seen me at there front door with a deputy.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 7:38 pm
  • Disability or not, it’s not ok for anyone to act this way. His blatant disrespect for authority, along with the words he’s using, should make everyone question what, exactly, he’s witnessing at home. Kids don’t just learn these things overnight, it usually occurs from events they witness in their own home.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 7:14 pm
  • Put the window lickers on a short bus and in a round room. Let the normal kids get a education and be productive. Special kids need to make pencils and light bulbs and be special. Normal kids need to get educations so they can be doctors, lawyers and the next Bill Gates.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 6:43 pm
  • Facts are a little girl was hurt….

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 6:32 pm
  • The word for this little waste of space is a retarded retard. Pull a George Carlin grab some more syllables. Hes a doof. Like someone else said. If that boy hit my little sister. Devil help him n his bloody nose n black eye n fat lip n broken rib. Left number seven equals cardiac contusion. He’ll never hit another girl when im done with him. Little punk.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 6:15 pm
  • I worked home health care and had to watch autistic children on some assignments. I never had much of an issue when the parents would leave the residence. Never a big shock as most parents dont provide structure or discipline and at the first sign of behavior based problems they bring them to a doctor that goes by the DSM 5 manual and never actually does genetic testing and diagnoses under the umbrella of ASD and also prescribes the common medications related to behavior issues. With the DSM 5, the outline is so vague that any one can easily be diagnosed with a mental condition. I switched pediatricians bc my childs doctor told me that my 3 year old was adhd and needed to be on ritalin which is an amphetamine and has numerous side effects. In no way am I saying this child might not be legitimately mentally handicap to the point the child becomes extremely violent, physically and verbally abusive, and a danger to ones self and or others but ask yourself why is this child in a structured program to become a productive member of society when they lack the ability to do so. Please tell me if this person is violent and dangerous due to a genetic defect, how will a job requiring some one that has self restraint be obtained? Why not have the child/person under the supervision of some one trained to help instead of being put in to the general population of other children that will result in the harm of other kids. No responsible sane parents would support their child causing bodily harm and injury to other peoples kids. This child obviously has shown potential to be a great danger to others by means of physical harm causing blood loss and is a threat to the safety of other children. The state by the way does offer free home health care to those that can not legitimately afford it. Any how, this situation is unacceptable and not excusable on a variety of levels. I had an incident with my other child with something similar. I had to have a family friend that is an attorney fax documents to the school after a child in her class attacked multiple students on multiple occasions and was never removed initially from the class. The school didnt even notify me, my own child came home with injuries. I about lost my professionalism when I found out about everything. Seems these days its all about being politically correct and not offending any one. Regardless of the circumstances.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 6:11 pm
  • That child is absolutely out of control. All of his classmates are probably sitting there thinking ‘Who’s next?’. The administration needs to be disciplined or should not be in control. He needs to go to a speacial school and then be EASED into a normal school. I don’t think it’s the bus driver’s fault at all. She did what was needed and she couldn’t do anymore. He should not be apart of a regular classroom AT ALL!! PERIOD!! ADMINISTRATION FIX THIS NOW!!

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 6:04 pm
  • Let me add some transparency here. The student no longer rides that bus, but was assigned to another bus so he could still be transported to school. What you are not told is… Admin usually will not remove a student from the bus. When I say admin, I mean school admin. Transportation can not remove a student from the bus . School admin doesn’t like to suspend or expell students off the bus for simple reasons. If the student does not attend school ,it goes against the school grade , and then effects the MONEY! Guidance counsellors should not be involved in disciplinary actions at all. They will stonewall proper punishment ,effectively letting all students know to lie about their problems and BOOM a free pass out of trouble. Bill spencer that was mentioned in the story. He was going to the bus to remove the student , but was told “no stand down.” Bus attendants. Not every student that is special needs requires supervision. If you want adult supervision. All you have to do is raise taxes again so they can be hired. The bus driver followed protocol correctly. The driver has been documenting this student since almost the beginning of the school year. The driver nor transportation have the power to remove the student from bus privileges , so unfortunately ,and in most cases it takes something extreme like this to cause a reaction.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 5:06 pm
  • Years ago, when we lived in Ohio, there was a bus monitor on every bus. At every bus stop, that monitor would get off the bus, and cross the kids on the street with her big, red and white “STOP” sign. Then, she would get back on the bus and the route would continue. BTW…they were VOLUNTEERS, too.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 3:37 pm
  • Dfg, but yet you are here. Don’t like it, don’t read it. That simple, Thanks Tom for more good reporting as usual.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 3:14 pm
  • Does every story need to be laced with inflammatory dramatic rhetoric?

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 2:31 pm
  • Does this type of behavior really surprise anyone, For the past number of years, discipline in schools for bad behavior has gone unchecked and this is the result and will only get worse if it is not dealt with firmly and I mean firmly. Children today are being coddled to think that they can do anything and will get away with it because adults are afraid to do or say anything, “Well Surprise”, This is the result.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 2:21 pm
  • Pathetic response to this kid’s behavior. I don’t care if it is an adult or a kid. If my daughter is attacked, the situation had better be handled so that it stops immediately. The kid has problems? Than get him the fuck out of that school and into a school for problem kids. Why subject normal kids to these little monsters, future criminals.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 1:37 pm
  • This is exactly why the upcoming school board elections are so important. This bus has double the children that it did last year, the kids spend twice as long every day on the bus, and no bus aide.
    Transportation rarely answers the phone and didn’t respond to pleas for help from the driver. And apparently no one even bothered to check the route, as anyone waiting at any stop would have been at least 20 minutes away.
    This is a regular pattern of cost cutting without regard for consequence or the welfare of our children and again no one is held accountable.
    So many things went wrong here and most could have been prevented.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 1:10 pm
  • Must be from the ENTITLEMENT family….grandma had to get him…

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 12:27 pm
  • Your children are a subject of bullying every day as long as they are not allowed to use self defense and get in as much trouble as the bully. If the bus driver got between them his job is on the line for doing so, same with teachers on the same thing. Also if your children are assaulted call the HCSD and file a report so the school can not brush it under the rug and act like if never happened. Also every school receives like $1200.00 to $1600.00 a month that may not be alot but times that times 27 schools times 9 months. That’s $291,600 to $388,800 a school year. This money is for not having any bully incidents.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 11:55 am
  • If the bus driver called dispatch and said to call the Sheriff’s office and they didn’t…. that’s what needs to be investigated.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 11:50 am
  • I hope the transportation unit comes up with a policy that if the driver feels safety is a concern for students and self, they MUST call Sheriff’s Office! I think they should consider keeping more cameras throughout the buses, reviewing them often, and holding people accountable.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 10:10 am
  • Joshua thomas, I think you summed it up! I was as much disturbed by name calling as I was by the article. So very sad

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 10:06 am
  • How dare you as an adult call a child with special needs a retard maybe you need help children with special needs are not “retards” as you so nicely put it yes this child should be taken to school as a mother of a special needs child I know loud places can set them off so I would not put my child on a bus where there could be issues but don’t attack calling these children retards seems to me some adults need bent over a knee as well.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 9:35 am
  • First, I APOLOGIZE FOR MY COMMENTS ie: retard etc.

    Totally wrong on my part?

    But as parents we can not let our kids act like this….regardless of whatever disabilities they may have.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 9:29 am
  • It is obvious this child has witnessed his parents or other family members act like this. This is definitely an act of bad parenting. I’ll damned if my children ride the school bus til they are capable enough to defend themselves. My children will not be the subject of bullying.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 7:38 am
  • Grown ups calling children retards god help us all

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 7:36 am
  • Yes, and it’s trying. But a child that cannot control himself when he experiences such a meltdown should not be allowed on a regular bus where he can endanger other children through physical violence and distracting the driver.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 7:22 am
  • That’s why we need to teach our children self defense. That child needs to be in a special school for troubled children. There are no consequences and children know that. I agree that child needs a swift kick in the @ss. A lot of bullies are also bullied at home. Sad world we live in.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 7:17 am
  • If your child has special needs . He needs YOU to take him to school. If that was my Granddaughter that got punched the kid would no longer be ridding on the bus, unless it was on the way to a court room. Bottom line the parents are responsible until he turns 18. Put the little BRAT on the short bus with 4 point seat belts.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 7:00 am
  • My sister is autistic fully functioning, very disrespectful very vulgar careless with her choice of words and mean as the day is long. She was also always told that she was special, she was told that she couldnt do certain things because of her ashpurgers, she never got whooped when she did something wrong or even told that it wasnt right, blame it on her problems. To the parents, i know its hard dealing with an out of control child, but sometimes you just need to bend that little ass over your knee and hold them acountable for their actions. You can cus the kid till your blue in the face, you can tell him you’ll whoop him all you want but that boy wont respect anybody or anything unitl hes given a lick or two and a talkin to. Good luck. You can buy a belt for the same price as a pack of cigarettes. Just incase your on a beer and cigarette budget.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 6:04 am
  • If I was the bus driver I’m sure I would have been fired. Once the boy threatens the other kids I would have put my self between him and them and I’m sure it would require some hands on the student to keep it that way

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 5:49 am
  • After reading the above, understand that the schools are here for an education to children who want to learn and be respectful of others. There are children who DO NOT FIT IN and this little moron is one for sure. The school system, the cops need to crack down and take control back from the idiots making these decisions. The parents here within are making excuses for there own short comings, I think we have had enough. A good ole fashioned ass whooping wouldn’t hurt either.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 4:58 am
  • Agree with Autism mom. I have a son that is autistic. He would never hurt anyone but there are so many types of autisms out there and levels. The ones calling retard need to go work with special needs kids. If there were schools and buses for them. there are NOT. The kids go unnoticed pushed aside by teachers, administration, even bus drivers. Either they dont want to handle it or they dont know it. Why we put their medical info on the cards I have no idea. I’ve had more issues with transportation with my child that has no needs with a driver who shouldn’t be driving. In this case it’s clearly transportation fault the men that were named. They don’t care. A parent complains they stand behind their driver no matter what. They say the student needs to set examples not the driver. My son has been hurt on the bus who is autistic due to the driver and other kids picking on him. Like transportation always told me the bus drivers are to call the law. But the ppl above the drivers will yell and scream at you then hang up on you and not return calls. Why is that? I know im not the only parent with an issue with well a bus driver I deal with. The worse in over 12 yrs. Well longer if I go back to my days. But transportation is a fault. The law should have been called and a deputy should habe got the kid off the bus. Special needs or not. The drivers dont know how to handle them. They dont put aides on the bus other kids dont know how to handle him. Autistic kids and my son has more than his spectrum of autism. The schools dont do anything nor does transportation for special needs kids at all. They are forced to go to regular school and fail every yr and passed on to the next grade. But these special needs kids do not learn to cuss on their own. For me I hate my middle school son the brain of a 3rd grader. Comes home learning way too much from school. He definitely doesnt hear me talk like these teenage boys do. But to be cussing in such away the parents need to try and get him help. if he truly needs it and I know its not easy. But go to your regular pediatrician and ask for help. They will guide you. But please ppl understand that kid is a child. He could have had an outburst. It happens. It’s reality. The kid does need some help clearly and naybe the parents will see this now. But the main thing is the parenting hope they get help. But the issue is transportation. I wish I had this bus driver at least she cared and got the child to help her. She cant help if they say grandma is on the way. It was out if her hands. God forbid she try to handle him or hold him down from hurting anyone else. It wouldn’t be about the kid it would be about how dare the bus driver. Or if the police did come and have to use some restraint. How many ppl would be then calling out the police for handling a kid thats out of control. If transportation doesn’t want to help the special needs children then get someone with knowledge of the many disorders out there to sit on the bus and help. I have been punched at bitten and things thrown at me by adults with medical and special needs. They can not help it. But until Hernando county looks at the children with these disorders and realize they are not helping but only harming the kids of a different kind meaning all special needs clearly Autism. Then it won’t be the first time. But dont judge the parents not knowing them or the child. Yes it is a problem in the country. Nothing new. Special needs kids have also lost their lives to normal bullies and the lack of bus drivers paying attention. If you watch the real news. Instead of down grading a child that is only maybe 10 yrs old. Ppl make awareness that Hernando County is not equipped to help the children with special needs. Thank god Pasco finally has a place. But the schools wont spend the money on IEP’s for these kids to help them get into a private school that will help them as well as help them get transportation no choice but to bus them. Parents hands are tied. And crying for help. I’ve worked with adults and happen to have special needs and know other parents here in Hernando as well in Pasco and in Pinellas begging for help. The school says its the money. No money for our kids.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 1:54 am
  • Some of these comments are beyond ridiculous. How did Aspergers even come into play? ?? The parent said he was autistic. He never specified what he has. I am the mother of a teenager with Aspergers and let me tel you he would NEVER act this way. He has never acted this way even at the age this boy is. Any one calling kids with autism or Aspergers retarded or any other names is a pretty sad and pathetic excuse for a human being. Sadly sometimes some parents use autism as an excuse for bad behavior and then their children think they can use it as an excuse to have bad behavior. I am proud to have a child with Aspergers. He has always been kind and polite to adults and other students because I RAISED him to be kind and polite. Autism can be a REASON for some behavior, but it is NEVER an excuse to beat on other kids and use bad language. I don’t know this child or his parents. All I can talk about is my own experience. Some people run their mouths in these comments and end up sounding terribly ignorant. My son, who has a issue you have labeled as retarded, wouldn’t have said even half the things you people have said. He is intelligent enough to know better. He attends regular classes in high school and will end his junior year in June with a 3.5 GPA. Doesn’t sound very “retarded” does it? He fits the typical description of a child with Aspergers. The childs behavior on this bus is NOT typical.

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 12:40 am
  • To me, when you call about a bus driver speeding, they don’t do a damn thing about it. They look out for each other. The driver should have called the HCSO FIRST. That child should have been removed by the SO, so they can have him evaluated. Bus monitors are NEEDED!!!!! So are cameras, so the parents can see what their child did and not always say “not my child”, oh yes it was your child!!

    Thursday, 25 February 2016, 12:28 am
  • I am a parent of an autistic child and no he does not act like that in public. But I removed him from public school because of all the bullying that goes on in public school system. Sounds to me that the boy involved should have a therapy set into place just for these reasons. Kids with autism do get picked on and bullied because they are different than other kids which makes it hard for them to fit in. But to say a special needs child is a retard just goes to show you how much ignorance there is in this county and the public school system. I removed my son off the bus last year because of the older boys hitting and picking on him. I personally think younger students should not be on the bus with older students just because of this reason. We should do away with k thru 8 schools all together.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 11:33 pm
  • I was under the impression that Chocachatti was a magnet school and that only the best students go there. Hernando County should not be placing problem kids in magnet schools. The policy of inclusion should only be extended to children who are not disruptive or mentally challenged to a degree that holds back the other students.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 10:34 pm
  • Transportation used to have separate buses for children with special needs. It helps the child because many times they can’t handle being around a lot of noise, and also helps the other children not have to be afraid. Maybe transportation needs to re-think this.m

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 10:13 pm
  • This is not the bus drivers fault. The driver followed protocol. Talk to the administration at transportation, they are the ones that wouldn’t call for a deputy. These things happen all the time. Gee, I wonder why there is a shortage of bus drivers. No body stands behind them ,pay sucks and so does the entire HCSB.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:53 pm
  • Well there are so many issues here,the child is autistic so many people can pass judgement but just like anything else there are levels or autism,i dont think there are special education classes here for these kids and instead they are in main stream schools and classes and it has a negative effect on all students,the regular kids are distracted by out bursts and the special needs kids are not getting the help they need loose loose far as law enforcement the answer is not always lock them up,wtf maybe lets address the issue and help these. Kids instead of just giving up on them and putting them in jail.with the help this child needs he most likly could lead apositive productive life,but without it he probaly. Will become a burden on society and in and out of jails and remain on goverment cheese.
    Be a parent wtf does why need So many retards… Sounds as if you may be the retard after all. I do agree with most that all this adhd and what not is a way over abused term and probally is code for bad/lazy parenting but autsim is a more severe problem then the rest of these behaviorial excuses.and they dont belong in main stream schools for the sake of all involved

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:41 pm
  • think Columbine and sandy hook.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:35 pm
  • Hey buddy I’m with you! Remember what that retarded moron adam lanza did at sandy hook? he had aspergers and some other psycho condition. I can see the same thing happen with this nutjob.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:34 pm
  • Billy Madison, you need your *** KICKED for your insensitive remarks. I would love for you to walk in my shoes with my autistic granddaughter for just one day . It’ll change your perspective.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:33 pm
  • School is for learning and growing and not for bullying and making excuses..bring up your kid right with love and respect, you will get it back in ten fold, some school staff give a bad name to the rest. Nip the problem from the very start so that others don’t have to suffer.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:33 pm
  • @Roger Wilcox your last statement was freaking hilarious., Now to more serious issues, I feel bad for children and everyone that has a legitimate disability, however this child seems dangerous and I agree with a lot of the posts. The poor children he terrorized will be upset and afraid of him and that’s not fair to them. Sounds like daddy and child had plenty of time to concoct a story before being interviewed by sherriff., ya think? Just speculating,

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:30 pm
  • Paula , you are so off the mark. That poor busdriver had a very bad situation to tend to. That kid is no more autistic than my dog. Very convenient excuse. Also , the bad language and specific threats are just bad and indulged behavior. The protocol the driver follows needs BIG time amending. Police should have been called immediately by school officials. I’m not usually quick to say ” lawyer ” but here I shout it to the injured students parents.. …. There is so little discipline at home for kids today it is really sad. Home is where behavior is formed …. And there should be a 2nd person on these buses for many different reasons…

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:27 pm
  • This bus driver is known to not always be truthful. Enough said about that. All of the tops at transportation that are mentioned in this article need to be fired. There’s a lawsuit ready to happen.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:14 pm
  • Bottom line is that law enforcement should have been called when the bus driver requested it!!!!! Don’t fire the bus driver, fire the higher ups. Also something has to be going on in the home of that kid for him to act like that, that’s not just a behavior disorder. That’s bad parenting when a kid says that stuff!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:41 pm
  • I hope the HCSO will look in to this it could have turned bad real quick

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:28 pm
  • Everyone’s child is special needs or Autistic…Why need so many retards? Maybe they are not so special maybe they need structure, discipline, a home life and parental responsibility!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:27 pm
  • If you watch the Tuesday School Board Meeting I gave a speech on this very thing and how they punish everyone and need to stop punishing the victims. Mark Johnson told me they all go to jail the victim along with the one who started it . Autistic and special needs children if that is really the case here that is no excuse for anything that happened here . Also it was stated he is on medication who did or did not give it to him that day. And what if with that pen or glass he said he had and really cut open or blinded somebody who will some of you blame then.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:14 pm
  • Gees,you know…I don’t remember this kinda stuff back when.I’m sure this troubled child needs help,right after his major ass whooping.Now that the school has knowledge of this,if they let him back on the bus,let the lawyers loose on them(school administrators)…save “Valor” for later.The HCSD gets a pass on this one,they need it..I heard they were at the dollar store trying to buy ouigi boards to decipher “dreams”….parents run amuck

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:12 pm
  • paula, the bus driver did everything right, why should she be fired? She asked for help and reinforcement repeatedly, she stopped she gave aid the the injured child. What should she have done?

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:09 pm
  • Amen. I work daily with autistic and special needs children. Behavior is an issue but it begins in the home. Yes there are needs to be met BUT if these children are raised with rules and boundaries of what is and what isn’t acceptable then half of their issues would not be issue., Stop coddling and be parents.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:05 pm
  • The bus driver should lose her job??? Because of some little a**hole??, that’s so ridiculous …. The grandma was on her way, it’s not their fault she took forever!! Some people are idiots…

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:04 pm
  • Ok, a disability or not. You simply CAN NOT excuse the absence of the poor handling of this situation. There was an officer extremely close by that could have at least stopped this kid from hurting more students. It’s sickening. Regardless of the mental state of any human being, you still have to look out for all of the other kids on that bus, and yes that includes the “bully” in this case. I know at least 1 child that was on that bus and he saw the deputys car that was in close proximity. No excuses. This was handled very poorly and I really feel bad for all of the kids involved.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:04 pm
  • Good luck last year my child was bullied by the bus assistant. It took me over a week to get ahold of anyone and then they said to me they would look into it but the school year was almost over so they would not remove the assitant whose grandchildren rode that bus. I asked to meet and watch the video together and was told they are not allowed to show the video to parents because it is used for disciplinary actions and that is not allowed. Last year fox 13 did a news report about my junior high kids bus stop because it is by a child molestors house three blocks away from our house. The bus compound claims they are not in violation of any rules with that bus stop. So good luck Mr. Lemons I am sure you will get the song and dance we received.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 8:01 pm
  • Autistic or not… If you can not behave like a normal person take your ass to a school for mentally ill kids. Save all the replies I don’t want to hear it we don’t want to hear that your kid has autistic with Asperger’s and its fine one minute and then having a meltdown the next minute beating people cussing them out save all them excuses and put your retarded *** kid in a school that can deal with s*** like that

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:54 pm
  • The bus driver should loose her job and so should the guy that told the bus driver that his grandparents were on their way. If that student has behavior issues then there should be a bus aid on there. To many kids are getting away with things now days.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:53 pm
  • The parent’s explanation of a medical disorder should be able to be verified easy enough. If the child is that aggressive & abusive, he should not be riding public transportation, endangering the safety of others. The bus driver called SO, why didn’t they arrive before grandma did??? Lots of unanswered questions.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:46 pm
  • I’d be God damned if a 5th grade boy punched my 3rd grade daughter in the nose and not file charges. His parents would be sorry that they ever gave birth to him.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:43 pm
  • the bus driver did what was right ,the school should have asked the police dept to remove the student from the bus and not with the grandmother ,he should have been processed and then taken for an evaluation, this child is out of control there is not excuse for harming anyone one the school bus.thats why they have rules.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:41 pm
  • I have a child with special needs and he attends regular school. He is never disrespectful nor does he try to cause injury to others even while he was on keppra! Keppra is a medication that causes anger or rage issues (it’s an epileptic medicine). Yes, he did have tantrums on it but never used it toward anyone. That kid needs some vitamin b6 it can help his out bursts maybe should talk to a neuro or consular! The cursing and using the N word is not right even for children with special needs it should never be used! Children learn from parents, with or without special needs! Please don’t bash the kids with special needs or use illnesses to your advantage because some kids do have issues and their parents or guardians should still raise them appropriately!!!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:37 pm
  • Do like we did in New York, Have another adult other then the driver who watch and can control the kids. I was a driver and it was for high school student’s and we had an aid on the bus.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:31 pm
  • that little bully will be in jail soon mark my words. hes a little brat that needs a good swift kick in the *** but mommy and daddy wont do it so he’ll get himself arrested soon!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:30 pm
  • Wow ac on a bus what’s that? Smh! Attitudes need to be taken care of, these kids are getting way to out of hand!!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:28 pm
  • Autistic and developmental issues my butt. He needs his *** spanked. My generation would never have acted liked this, or when we got home, we wouldn’t get ice cream, we would get punished.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:23 pm
  • Not saying the school handled the situation right, but as a mother of a child with SPD, I know how one minute they are ok next they are in meltdown mood. You never know if it’s gonna be fear, anger, sadness…

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:21 pm
  • Quit coddling and making excuses for YOUR child’s bad behavior. If my child complained about no A/C …I would turn off the breaker and we would go windows down. 90 percent of the population should not breed or inbreed.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:11 pm
  • Wow..and this is one of the reasons why I drive my daughter to school!!!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 7:10 pm

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