Aiken school bus incident under investigation

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 10:06 AM
Last updated 1:16 PM
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AIKEN – An Aiken County school bus driver is on administrative leave after being accused of hitting a 6-year-old student.

Melinda Harp, the mother of the Chukker Creek Elementary student, told police that the child returned home from school Friday with contusions on his neck and top of his arm, according to an Aiken Department of Public Safety incident report. The boy told his mother that a female bus driver struck him, according to the report.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety investigators observed the fresh contusions, took photos and handed the case over to the juvenile division, according to the report.

The incident is under investigation by the Aiken County Public School District, said Cecelia Davidson, associate superintendent of administration.

“The bus driver will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete,” Dr. Davidson said.

Investigators plan to interview the child today or tomorrow to determine whether the bus driver faces criminal charges, Aiken public safety Capt. Wendell Hall said. The bus driver could face a charge of simple assault, he said.

"We have to see if it occured, what prompted it and how much did it occur," Capt. Hall said. "Interviewing the child will let us know if charges will be levied."

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MoosePile
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MoosePile 11/04/09 - 11:58 am
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I believe you mean "Chukker

I believe you mean "Chukker Creek" not "Chubber Creek."

jbomb
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jbomb 11/04/09 - 12:50 pm
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It says Chukker Creek

It says Chukker Creek

bettyboop
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bettyboop 11/04/09 - 01:49 pm
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So what does the kid say????

So what does the kid say????

g-dog express
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g-dog express 11/04/09 - 02:03 pm
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we need video camera in

we need video camera in buses. they exist but schools wont buy them. why? they are expensive but not that expensive.

truthisstillhere
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truthisstillhere 11/04/09 - 02:59 pm
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if i was a bus driver i would

if i was a bus driver i would buy my own camera and put on there just for my own protection.....walmart does a small digital video camera for $79.00

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corgimom 11/04/09 - 06:21 pm
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The kid is a special needs

The kid is a special needs child, who according to Melinda Harp, grandmother, "has outbursts".

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