12-year-old student charged with assaulting teacher on bus

12-year-old student charged with assaulting teacher on bus

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 12-year-old student has been charged with third-degree assault and battery on a teacher at St. James Santee Elementary School.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says a fight between students started on a bus after school on Wednesday.

When teachers tried to calm the situation, one of the boys shoved a teacher in the shoulder and neck.

According to the report, the boys were also yelling at the teachers.

Deputies say the case will be handled in family court. The 12-year-old was released to his parent.

No additional charges are pending.

A report states the incident happened on Wednesday when students were boarding the bus, and a 10-year-old and 9-year-old had a fight towards the rear of the bus.

According to officials, the children's siblings, a 12-year-old and 13-year-old, then rushed to the rear of the bus; the incident report states the security video captured the incident.

During this time, authorities say the bus driver attempted to get the other students to exit the bus for their safety.

The sheriff's office report states a student was holding onto the bus stairway handrail and refused to move.

Officials say the bus driver and several students were standing in the driver's area unable to move in either direction.

According to the CCSO report, when a teacher attempted to remove the student who was blocking the entrance by escorting him off, the student yelled at the teacher to get off him and used his arm and elbow to push into the teacher's shoulder and neck.

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