Originally created 11/22/04

Girl rolled over by bus during fight



A school bus rolled over a pupil at Sego Middle School this morning after a fight the girl was involved in spilled out of the bus, authorities said.

The girl's name and condition were not available, but school officials described serious injuries to the girl's midsection and said she had been taken to a hospital.

Yellow crime-scene tape surrounded a bus in the parking lot of the school, which is on Julia Avenue near Windsor Spring Road.

"There was a fight that led to a girl being rolled over," said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Blaise Dresser. "A student fell out of the door.... How the child fell out, that we are still looking into."

He said the girl who was injured apparently had been involved in the brawl on the bus.

"I don't know the circumstances that led to the fight," he said.

Several pupils on the bus were sent to a classroom to await interviews by the investigator. The bus driver, identified as Robert Thompson, was sent to have a drug test, which is routine in such accidents.

Transportation Director Michael Shinn was at the school all morning to organize reaction to the incident. He declined to comment and referred questions to Deputy Superintendent James Thomson.

Mr. Thompson said the school district would release a statement later. He said any pupils found to be involved in a violation of the student code of conduct would be disciplined.

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