Suspect detained from school bus fight

Published 6:47 pm Thursday, October 21, 2010

The 16-year-old male responsible for causing injuries to two bus drivers Monday afternoon has been detained in the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center until a trial at an undetermined date.

“It started off as a fight on one bus, and (two bus drivers) tried to break it up,” James said. “When they were tending to that, another fight broke out […] and they tried to break that up. That’s when the student attacked the bus drivers.”

The student left one driver with a broken nose and two front teeth chipped in half. The other driver also had injuries, James said.

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Because both bus drivers suffered injuries, the student has been charged with assault in the third degree, which is a class A misdemeanor.

If convicted, the juvenile could face up to a year in jail and up to a two-year probationary period.

Dallas County Superintendent Fannie Major-McKenzie said the incident will be evaluated under the district’s policies and procedures.

“Our employees responded appropriately,” Major-McKenzie said. “At this point, it’s a matter for law enforcement and school officials. That’s all I can say at this point.”