School Bus Altercation

By: AP
By: AP

NILES, Mich. (AP) -- A southwest Michigan school bus monitor has been fired and a fifth-grader suspended after officials say punches were exchanged between the two aboard a school bus.
The Niles Community Schools district said the monitor reportedly punched the 11-year-old Thursday morning after the boy struck him in the face while the bus was outside Eastside Elementary in Niles.
The boy's mother, Susan Carroll, said the monitor threw the first punch.
The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reports neither the boy nor the monitor for bus provider First Student was injured.
First Student spokeswoman Nicol Jones said the monitor was fired Friday after a bus camera recording of the incident was reviewed. Jones said the bus driver was reassigned. Their names weren't released. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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