The girls mother had been having difficulty with the Evans Elementary School special needs pupil before the school bus arrived about 8 a.m. at Arrowood Mobile Home Park off Wrightsboro Road near Grovetown, said Columbia County sheriffs Capt. Steve Morris.
When she boarded bus No. 970-A, a special needs bus, the pupil became unruly, striking a 66-year-old bus aide in the face and kicking her, Capt. Morris said.
The bus driver evacuated the bus and the other pupils boarded a second bus called to the scene and were transported to school without further incident, Capt. Morris said.
An ambulance was called to evaluate the bus aide, who was not taken to a hospital.
Charges are pending against the pupil.
Reach Valerie Rowell at 868-1222, ext. 110 or