By Barry Burch Jr.
Teenagers boarding buses should not be under the impression that they can just do whatever they want to bus drivers and get away with it. Even if the bus driver is eventually disciplined for how he initially handled a situation there is nothing stopping people from mistreating the bus driver.
Ask the teenager from Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wis., who punched a public transit bus driver and got punched back. Though the bus driver has been terminated, the teen is facing felony charges, according to CBS.
The entire fight was actually caught on video, which emerged this week, leading to the transit workers dismissal and the teen’s charges.
The bus driver, Scotty Wells, made his usual stop at Tremper High to pick up approximately 3o teenagers. The problem began when Wells asked for the teen’s I.D. because he was swearing and being disruptive. The video shows that after the teen passes him by, he returns, calls the driver an expletive and begins to punch him repeatedly.
The bus driver quickly retaliates by getting up and punching the boy back. However, while defending himself, Wells forgot to secure the bus. Not only did he not stop it, but kids can be heard screaming as the driver-less bus crashes into two parked pick-ups, one of which was carrying passengers, as reported by opposingviews.com.
According to the police report, the teen admitted to his part in the attack. “I was mad that he was going to suspend my bus pass so I got up and punched him in the face,” he said.
Not too long after the incident, Wells was fired by Kenosha transit for improper conduct while on duty, failure to properly secure the vehicle and having a preventable accident. Wells is appealing his termination.
The mother of the teen who attacked the driver reportedly wanted the bus driver charged, but prosecutors found that the only person guilty of a criminal offense in this incident was her son. The teen is charged in juvenile court with felony battery to a public transit operator and first degree recklessly endangering safety. He has since been released into the custody of his mother until his next court appearance.
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