KENNESAW, Ga. — A bus driver who was stabbed in the face with a pen while trying to resolve a dispute with a passenger has been suspended, authorities say.
The driver was suspended with pay for not following protocol on the Cobb County Transit bus, Cobb County spokeswoman AikWah Leow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“The operator should have called dispatch for assistance and not confronted the passenger,” Cobb County Transit Director Rebecca Gutowsky told the Marietta Daily Journal.
Police say the driver went to the back of the bus to keep a quarrel from escalating in Kennesaw on Monday, and a female passenger grabbed a pen from the driver’s pocket and stabbed him several times in the face.
He was suspended by Lombard, Ill.-based Veolia Transportation, which provides drivers for the system, authorities said.
The company was still investigating, Veolia spokeswoman Valerie Michael told The Associated Press Thursday morning. She wasn’t able to discuss details because it’s a personnel matter.
“We have not completed our investigation so there are still some things that are up in the air,” Michael said.
“The bus driver is doing fine,” she said.