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Juvenile arrested after masked group forces over school bus

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police say a juvenile has been arrested after four people forced a school bus to stop Monday afternoon and tried to get in the bus to confront the driver.

The incident was reported at 4:40 p.m. on the 2700 block of Dalecrest Drive near North Graham Street, according to the police report from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Bus 112, from James Martin Middle School, was blocked from moving forward by a white SUV on Dalecrest Drive.

Four people jumped out of the vehicle with red bandanas over their faces. One of the men beat on the hood of the bus, causing $100 in damage, according to the report. That man smashed a window on the bus during the incident, school officials say.

According to the police report, a second man attempted to force his way on the school bus by kicking the front door to get to the 23-year-old bus driver.

Witnesses at the scene were reportedly saying "is that him?" referring to the bus driver, WBTV learned.

Police say they are looking for a high school student that goes by the street name 'Bam-Bam' as the one who shouted at the driver and smashed the glass door to the school bus.

An assistant principal was on board the bus when the incident happened, police said.

"This incident apparently stemmed from a false allegation that the bus driver had assaulted students last Friday," Charlotte-Mecklenburg police told WBTV. "The allegations were proven to be false, but investigators believe that the four subjects attempting to board the bus were doing so out of retaliation."

WBTV has learned there were between 35 to 40 students onboard the bus during the incident. After the incident, the bus was taken back to school and students got on another bus to go home.

The bus driver was able to maneuver around the SUV and drive off without further incident, according to the report.

The University City Division and North Division have worked together and identified the main suspect in this case.  The suspect is a juvenile and is in custody at this time.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and CMS are continuing to investigate this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Editor's note: Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials originally told WBTV that the bus driver was confronted by a parent who was unsatisfied with a disciplinary action. That information was not correct.

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