EDMOND — An altercation between students on an Edmond school bus has led to changes in how students will ride that bus in the future.
The fight took place about 3 p.m. Thursday on a bus that serves students from Central Middle School.
Edmond Public Schools spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said students on the back of the bus began throwing items at a female bus rider. The girl became upset and began throwing items back at them. At one point, the girl slapped another student on the bus. The other students involved were boys and girls.
The driver stopped the bus and went to the back of the bus and escorted the student who did the slapping to the front of the bus, instructed the student to sit down and continued the route.
The girl did not comply with directions to sit down, so the driver stopped the bus at the intersection of Kristy Drive and Dooley Farms Lane and called police for assistance.
When officers arrived, they questioned the students but there were no arrests. The girl who slapped another student was sent home with a family member.
As the driver was talking with police, several students chose to exit the bus and walk home despite instructions not to do so, Parks-Schlepp said. There were about 60 students on the bus at the time of the incident. That has led to a policy change.
“We have instructed our drivers that if they should ever need police assistance again, that once the bus is stopped, they should stand by the door of the bus and let police come to them,” Parks-Schlepp said. “That way students will be less likely to exit the bus while the driver is busy talking with police.”
Parks-Schlepp said that bus will now have assigned seats. Buses do not typically have assigned seats, she said. Additionally, the principal of Central Middle School and transportation officials spoke to students who ride that bus on Friday to remind them that disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
The full report on the incident is not complete, Parks-Schlepp said. Involved students could still face disciplinary action including suspension of bus-riding privileges.
“At this point, we have no plans to discipline the driver,” Parks-Schlepp said. “He did an exemplary job.”
There is no video of the incident available. Parks-Schlepp said the students were riding a substitute bus because their regular bus was out of service with a maintenance problem.