Bus driver assaults special needs student

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cops: Iowa bus driver loses temper, assaults student.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school official says a school bus driver accused of hitting a 15-year-old student after the boy apparently refused to heed his seat assignment instructions had worked for the district fewer than three months. “When the student directed an inflammatory comment towards the bus driver, the bus driver physically grabbed the student and pulled him out of the seat,” the Johnston Police Department said in a statement. “A brief struggle ensued, at which time the driver struck the student in the head and pushed him down onto the floor of the bus.” Incredibly, the driver returned to his seat and drove to the next stop.It happened Thursday afternoon in Johnston, Iowa, after the driver, 60-year-old Robert Scarbrough, stopped the bus to confront a 15-year-old special needs student who wasn’t abiding by the assigned seating, WQAD-TV reported.The incident, which took place on a packed middle school bus, was captured on video by passenger Eric Bui and posted to his Twitter account @ericdude200. Robert Scarbrough, 60, of West Des Moines, was arrested Thursday after some students left the bus and told a nearby sheriff’s deputy about the incident, which was recorded on a cellphone by at least one student.

Johnston Community School District has referred to the incident as the result of “a series of poor choices” and have placed Mr Scarbrough on administrative leave. A Polk County Sheriff’s patrol unit was parked near the stop, and several students ran off the bus when the doors opened, calling for the deputy’s help and showing him the footage they had shot, the statement says. The Associated Press was not immediately able to find a telephone number for Scarbrough or a relative who could speak on his behalf and he could not be reached for comment at the Polk County Jail, where he was being held on a $3,000 bond.

The student, whose name was not released, received medical attention in an ambulance on scene but did not need to be transported to a hospital for medical attention, according the school district. “His background check was clear,” Sprague said. “He went through the same positive behavioral intervention support training that all drivers do — PBIS for short. It’s a nationwide behavioral methodology that gives constructive ways to deal with inappropriate behavior.” She said no previous complaints had been lodged against Scarbrough, who has been placed on leave and is charged with assault causing bodily injury and child endangerment, both aggravated misdemeanors that each carry a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Elvedina Velagic, 14, a student who said she was on the bus during the incident, said Scarbrough has yelled his bus passengers before though she does not know any students who have reported it.

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