La. teen accused of knocking school bus driver unconscious

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School busBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One Louisiana teen has been charged
with assault and another with saving the day: The first knocked a school
bus driver unconscious and the second prevented the bus from crashing.

The 26-year-old female driver had stopped the bus Thursday afternoon
to exchange words with a student who was unruly, said Baton Rouge Police
Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.

The driver told authorities the 15-year-old boy then walked up behind
her and punched her several times in the head, knocking her
unconscious, McKneely said.

The bus started to move after the unconscious driver’s hands and feet
slipped off the wheel and brakes, said Keith Bromery, a spokesman for
East Baton Rouge Parish schools. He said after the 15-year-old fled, the
14-year-old male student ran forward and stepped on the brake, put the
bus in park and called 911.

The 15-year-old boy’s mother later turned him in to police. He is
charged with battery of a bus driver, second-degree battery and
aggravated obstruction of a roadway. Authorities said they did not know
if the teenager had an attorney. The Associated Press does not generally
identify juveniles accused of crimes.

Local news media reported that school officials have suspended the
15-year-old pending an expulsion hearing, and that the 14-year-old was
congratulated by transportation officials for trying to protect his
fellow students and get medical help for the bus driver.

The bus driver was recovering at home after being treated at a hospital for moderate injuries, local news media reported.

Information from: WBRZ-TV, http://www.wbrz.com

 – WTOP

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