A North Aiken Elementary School teacher was charged with simple assault and battery Friday after a boy complained about his treatment on a bus.
The 9-year-old said the teacher injured his shoulder Wednesday. Capt. Tom Galardi of Aiken Public Safety identified the teacher as Ronald Greenberg, 59, of 1200 West Martintown Road in North Augusta.
The fifth-grader told police that some students pushed him into the aisle when Mr. Greenberg came on the bus.
Aiken County School District spokeswoman Gloria Mayson said the teacher, "attempted to assist the bus driver in settling some inappropriate behavior of students. The discipline problems were preventing the bus from leaving on its afternoon route."
According to the police report, the boy said Mr. Greenberg asked him if he was "trying to trip him up." The teacher then "picked (the boy) up and squeezed his left shoulder and hit him in the right side of the face," the pupil claimed in the report.
The boy's mother, Gloria Pope, of 650 Cushman Drive, Apt. D-6, took her son to Aiken Regional Medical Centers about eight hours after the incident and called police. An X-ray found no broken bones and the reporting officer said he didn't see any bruises on the boy's face, the police report said.
On Friday, Ms. Pope said her son suffered a sprained shoulder. She said it was probably an accident that her son got pushed out of his seat.
She said her son told her that Mr. Greenberg came on the bus, yelling at students to "shut up."
"That's when he accidentally tripped over my son's feet," Ms. Pope said.
She said a court date of Sept. 20 has been scheduled.
Ms. Mayson said Mr. Greenberg has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation. Any disciplinary action will be taken by the Aiken County School Board, she said.Staff Writer Kathy Steele contributed to this article.