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Bus driver accused of assault

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By Nathan L. McBroom

A local school bus driver has recently been accused of assaulting a student who was riding on his bus.

James Neihof, director of student accounting and support services, said on April 4 a driver carrying high school students stopped the bus in response to a disturbance among the students.

Neihof said the driver, whose name has not been released, considered one of the students to be in physical danger. He then proceeded to detain the other student involved in the disturbance.

"The bus driver took action in the interest of student's safety," Neihof said.

Neihof would not comment on the nature of the disturbance or of the bus driver's intervention.

The parents of the child who was detained filed a complaint against the driver that day.

Currently, employees from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services are investigating the incident and conducting interviews with students who witnessed it.

The cabinet is expecting to finalize its report by the end of the month.

Neihof said the driver seems to have acted appropriately.

"At this point, we do not see that the actions were inappropriate," Neihof said.

The driver has been suspended until the report is released.