CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after they say a high school student choked another student with a belt while on the bus.
It happened last Wednesday in the Orangeburg County Consolidated School District Three. The students involved attended Lake Marion High School in Holly Hill.
Right now 17-year-old Jatabious Lee is facing third degree assault and battery charges. A judge set a $2,125 bond for him Wednesday afternoon.
“They could have taken my son’s life," said Virginia Myers, the victim’s mother."That belt if they pulled it tight enough, it could have killed him. Then I would have been without a child.”
The incident was caught on camera.
According to the incident report provided by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, the victim stated he was sitting down when he felt a belt come across his neck then tighten.
“The boy came behind him, put this belt around my son’s throat and dragged him on it like a freakin' dog," Myers said."You know like he wasn’t even human. Who does that?”
The victim says the suspect then hit him in the face and they both started fighting.
In the report, the victim says other people started fighting him too and that the bus driver was notified but the bus didn’t immediately stop.
When they got to a scheduled bus stop, the report states a mother of one of the suspect’s got on the bus and threatened to fight the victim as well.
The report states the victim’s mother took him to the hospital and the dentist because of damage to his braces. The victim did not know the name of the other suspects who joined the fight against him.
They have not been charged at this time.
The Orangeburg Consolidated School District Three says all proper protocols have been followed and the proper authorities have been notified. The district will continue to follow the matter.
Myers says her son hasn’t been the same since he came home with a bloody shirt after being choked on the bus.
“He stay up at night, he doesn’t got to sleep," Myers said.
The family has consulted an attorney about the case.