JONESBORO, Ark. – A school bus driver for Nettleton School District reported he was punched in the face by a student Wednesday afternoon.
Jonesboro police responded at 4:08 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, to the Nettleton Bus Shop to speak with the driver, Kenneth Tyler, 70, who is a bus driver for the Nettleton School District. He said at about 3:30 that afternoon, he was stopped at Caraway Commons and Sunny Meadow dropping off students from school. As the students were exiting the bus, a male student, 14, came up from behind him and struck him once across the right side of the face with his fist.
The man said the juvenile exited the bus and ran toward Caraway Commons Apartments.
Several other students witnessed the incident. The school bus driver had redness and bruising to the right side of his face. He reported the incident to his supervisor, who made him file a report for documentation. He was provided information on how to press charges through the juvenile court system.
After leaving the bus shop, police went to the suspect’s residence. They spoke to the juvenile and talked to his mother by phone to explain the situation. The boy admitted to being on the bus and alleged he had past problems with the driver “using racial slurs,” the report said. The teen did not admit to striking the bus driver.
The mother was advised of the seriousness of the situation. The child could face a felony charge second degree battery of a teacher or school employee.
Support us on Patreon to help us grow.