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Student charged in school bus fight

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:56 PM

A Lebanon High School student was charged Monday following an apparent fight on a school bus Friday afternoon.

Wilson County school resource officer supervisor Lt. Scott Moore said the student, whose name was not released due to his age, was charged with assault and vandalism after SROs reviewed video from a camera inside the bus.

“According to the video, the suspect does get into a verbal argument with the victim,” Moore said. “At one point, you can see the suspect taking his shirt off and starts throwing punches. The victim falls down, and the suspect gets on top of him. At that point, several of the other students obstructed the view.”

Moore said the student then went through a window on the bus, made a lap around it and then punched a window, shattering it.

Moore said the incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. as the bus was traveling on Baddour Parkway in Lebanon near Don Fox Park. When the fight started, he said the bus pulled into the center turning lane at the entrance to the park.

After the student shattered the window, he fled into a wooded area across the street from the park, Moore said. An SRO at the scene initially received conflicting statements from other students on the bus as to how the window was broken.

Moore said deputies arrived shortly after and couldn’t find the student after a search of the area.

On Monday, Moore said the student was in the custody of a guardian.

Students were delayed getting home about 30 minutes, because another school bus was called out due to the shattered window. He said the student who was hit had no visible marks on him and was otherwise uninjured. No other students reported injuries.

“Violence on school buses is very dangerous, not only for us, but also the general public,” Moore said. “One thing we are not going to tolerate is violence on school buses. We plan to prosecute at the highest level possible. We will also work with the school system just like they work with us.”

It’s uncertain what disciplinary measures school officials took in the case. Director of Schools Donna Wright didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment Monday. 

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