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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