Report: School bus driver punched 7-year-old in the chest

Report: School bus driver punched 7-year-old in the chest

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - A seven-year-old boy says his school bus driver punched him in the chest so hard that it made him vomit and cry, a police report out of Rock Hill says.

According to the police report, the incident happened on February 25 around 2:30 p.m.

The boy told his step-father that he got into trouble on the bus for standing up. That's when the boy says the 53-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, came back and "pushed him back into the seat."

"The driver then punched him in the chest hard enough to make him cry and then vomit," the report states.

Police have worked with the school district to get video from inside the school bus, but say the video doesn't have a good view of the incident. Rock Hill Police Captain Mark Bollinger says the department is in the process of interviewing the children on the bus to find out what really happen.

Bollinger says the process is time consuming because police must get parental permission before interviewing juveniles.

School administrators identified the driver to police, but his name has been removed from the police report because police say charges are not currently pending against the driver.

WBTV asked the school district for a comment, "The parent's complaint is under investigation by the Rock Hill Police Department," school officials said. "The driver will be on leave until the investigation has been completed."

Bollinger says that may take until some time next week.

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