Parent facing charges after assault of school bus driver

Published: May. 9, 2022 at 12:30 PM EDT|Updated: May. 9, 2022 at 6:54 PM EDT
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HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says a woman faces multiple charges after an assault on a school bus Friday morning.

Crystal Monet Doctor, 28, is charged with second-degree assault and battery, disturbing schools and interference with the operation of a school bus, sheriff’s office spokesman Andrew Knapp said.

Deputies say the incident happened Friday morning at approximately 7:41 a.m. on Scott White Road.

Video of the incident was posted on social media.

A student on the school bus recorded the incident between a parent and a school bus driver.
A student on the school bus recorded the incident between a parent and a school bus driver.(Elvin Speights Sr.)

Charleston County School District Andy Pruitt said the district is taking the incident very seriously because of “the inappropriate behavior from the adult toward the bus driver, which happened in front of other students.”

“Law enforcement was immediately notified about this incident, and we have cooperated with the Charleston County Sherriff’s Office in their investigation. CCSD will support any prosecution to the fullest extent of the law,” Pruitt said. “Our bus drivers are essential teammates in providing safe and timely transportation to and from school. We encourage all parents to support our drivers so they can accomplish their jobs without fear of anyone but students boarding their buses.”

An incident report states a school bus driver was picking up E.B. Ellington Elementary School students when a parent, identified as Doctor, approached the front door of the bus. The driver told deputies she repeatedly told the parent to leave multiple times and attempted to close the bus door, but that the parent placed her arm inside the door to prevent it from closing all the way. The driver said she opened and closed the door a few times until the parent then got on the bus.

Cellphone video taken from inside of the bus captured the moments after Doctor entered the bus. She could be seen striking the bus driver multiple times in the face and pulling her hair while shouting numerous expletives toward her.

Shortly after, the video captured Doctor stepping off the bus while continually shouting at the bus driver.

She could then be seen walking away from the bus before the video ends.

The report states the driver parked the bus and notified her supervisor who responded to the scene. The deputy reported the driver had a small cut on her bottom lip.

The driver told deputies there were six kids on the bus at the time of the incident.

Deputies interviewed Doctor the school bus driver identified, who told them she and other parents have been “having an issue” with the driver, an incident report states. She told deputies children who ride the bus claim the driver has been “saying mean things” to them, claiming the driver told her daughter she was “gonna jack her up.”

Doctor told deputies she simply wanted to talk to the driver about the issue and did not get on the bus until the driver closed her arm in the door.

When the door finally opened, Doctor said she got on the bus and struck the driver after getting upset that the driver closed the door on her arm.

Doctor said her right arm was sore and that she could not move it, the report states.

Both Doctor and the driver were checked out by EMS but neither wished to be taken to a hospital.

Pruitt also supplied the following statement from First Student spokesperson Jen Biddinger:

At First Student, the safety of our employees and the students we transport is our top priority and a responsibility we take very seriously.

We are appalled by the behavior captured in the video. We are thankful our driver was not seriously injured and respect how she handled the situation.

This incident also serves as an important reminder to the community that it is against the law to board a school bus without authorization.

We appreciate the support we have received from law enforcement and the Charleston County School District. Given this is an active investigation, we are not in a position to comment further.

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