Altercation on Edmond school bus leads to changes for riders

Edmond police were called to assist a driver Thursday after students from Central Middle School were involved in an altercation on a school bus.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: September 28, 2012

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.

Policy change

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.