A school bus driver in a Charlotte, NC school bus company had a surprise encounter early last week when a van blocked the bus’s path mid route. Four men, masked by red bandannas, exited the van and approached Bus 112. The first man to reach the bus started to beat on its hood, causing an estimated $100 worth of damage. At the same time a second man attempted to board the school bus by kicking the door in. The driver was able to move around the bus at this point, and returned to school to wait for a new bus to bring the students home. Thankfully, none of the students, or the 23-year-old driver was hurt.
Police believe this happened because the driver was accused of assaulting students on his bus earlier that week, although he was proven to have been falsely accused. The man who was caught claimed that it was an act of protest against the driver’s alleged abuse. Police are still on the lookout for the other three men who were involved.
This article is strangely disturbing to me. I can understand, and am happy that community members would stand against someone else’s wrong deeds. Abusing anyone, let alone students is wrong; I just don’t think that the way they went about doing it was appropriate. Putting all those other students at risk; who knows what they would have done had they been successful in boarding that school bus. Having put those children through such an experience is not something to be taken lightly and should never be done.