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.


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  • by Mark Location: Lansing on Feb 14, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    OF COURSE the mother places the blame on someone else. That's what happens in ALL the schools now...parents blame everyone but their little angels. Granted a monitor is not excused for punching a kid, but why the hell did the kid strike the guy across the face?
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