VIDEO: FC Bus driver assaults student.

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A video obtained by Hattiesburg Patriot News Media shows a bus driver employed at the Forrest County School District assaulting an unnamed student. Throughout the encounter, the driver appears to have the student in a choke hold.

"He's over here fighting a 5'3" kid thinking he is bad"

At one point the driver proclaims,

"No one on this bus could knock me out."

At one point another student says to the driver,

"There's high schoolers and kids on here. Why are you trying to fight anybody?"

At the end of the video Coach Alexander (Coach A) get's on the bus to diffuse the situation. HPNM reached out to the district. Mr. Bryan Freeman told HPNM,

"We have seen the video, and the employee has been terminated for violating our policies and procedures. That is not something we tolerate. We will not tolerate, and that employee is no longer with us."

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84 thoughts on “VIDEO: FC Bus driver assaults student.

  1. Anonymous

    Just to drop some of what I’m hearing just to clarify, is that the boy in the video is a known bully who not only like to pick on kids with disabilities but like to stab the BD in the neck with a pencil and make horrible threats to people. The BD was not choking the kid he was restraining him till other personnel came. Everyone talking about him and his language what about the kids language? The lack of respect these kids show is more concerning than a BD containing a bully. And before people start with the “your family so you gotta defend him” crap I haven’t had shit to do with my brother for many years and am simply defending a BD for doing what (if what I hear is right)is the right thing to do in his situation.

  2. Anonymous

    This is crazy. Choke hold???? He was restraining the child….where is the part of the video that shows why the bus driver had to stop the bus and RESTRAIN the child? If Hattiesburg Patriot is so big in reporting the truth then report all of it. Based on this clip parent should be glad he was the driver….again he simply restrained him

  3. Anonymous

    It’s all very sad, but back in the day, many years ago, kids would not have dreamed of such. We were all taught respect at home. That’s where it starts. We had very young bus drivers when we were in school. We were taught to respect them just like our elders. They were in a place of responsibility so they got respect. I’m not taking up for ANYONE!!Respect is a 2 way street & begins at home. Who knows what had happened or how many times..

  4. Anonymous

    I have seen video from beginning to end. Not sure why it was not shown here. I will say, that from this small tid bit, it might LOOK like he was restraining the CHILD. This is 6/8 minutes in. The driver asked the child to come to the front. As he was walking to the front the driver jerked him & started pushing him. The CHILD told him to get his hands off of him & tried to pull away. This is when the “man” decided to “restrain” the child. He slammed him down on the seat numerous times causing the CHILD’S head to hit against the side of the seat & the wall of the bus. The whole time he is hollaring & taunting the CHILD. Also arguing with another kid over how tuff he is or how he makes more money than them. This is the grown up that was in charge of children’s well being!! I assure you, the actions taken by this “man” were unnecessary!!!

    1. Anonymous

      Yes, yes, yes!! I was thinking this video made it look like he was only restraining the kid, when in reality he was WAY out of line. I seen the same video. And from my understanding, the kid was bruised from being “restrained”

  5. Anonymous

    The WHOLE video needs to be seen before some people start putting their opinions in. Why was it not shown. It will LITERALLY make you sick to your stomach. This is not a “man”, he is an animal!!!!! No matter what this child done this piece of dirt had NO BUSINESS WHATSOEVER manhandling this child the way he did. God help if he EVER put his hands on one of mine!!!!

    1. Anonymous

      What exactly was he supposed to do? If you get called into a situation where a bus driver is restraining a student you don’t know what has happened. The kid could be a threat for all he knew. He walked into a blind situation & took the kid away from the bus driver. After he removed the kid from the choke hold of the driver he could ask questions where no one was being injured. It also wasn’t his jurisdiction as the child was from south forest not the high school. Did you want him to leave him there until Mrs Dolan got there? I’m just confused as to what exactly you wanted him to do .

  6. Anonymous

    Regardless of what this video shows, this man had no right to restrain a child like this. Obviously there are 3 sides to every story, both parties involved and then the truth, but this is a GROWN MAN and a CHILD!!

  7. Anonymous

    So what caused the driver to stop the bus and go “assault” this student? Did he get tired of driving and just pull over and go attack him? Or was the student fighting with another student,hurting another student, hurting himself? If the student was fighting with someone and the driver didn’t do anything he would have been fired. If he stops whatever was happening we get to see a 1 sided video with no explanation of what happened that led up to the student being restrained and he gets fired. Seems like your “sources” would have told you the whole story and if they did hopefully the whole story would be reported. Instead you are out for likes and shares at the expense of a person that barely makes minimum wage 4 hours a day driving a bus. A reputable site would not post half a story without some effort put into trying to get a statement from the district. But because of the antics and stunts this site has pulled in the past they will never been seen as reputable. I do understand the frustration of the issues that are covered here but sometimes people have a hard time getting past the tactics used

    1. Anonymous

      The reason nobody else is reporting it is because they don’t have a complete story. I’m not taking up or making excuses I’m talking about half way reporting something and leaving it open to speculation that then turns to knee jerk reactions. You know as well as I do exactly what I’m talking about.

    2. Anonymous

      I get it Brandon, but I have a child in this school district and had a similar incident with this drivers wife when she was a substitute driver for our regular driver. I’m glad someone reported it. I agree it’s only a partial story but had HP not reported it, it would have probably been swept under the rug.

    3. Anonymous

      Brandon Lee if you will click on the article and read all the way down. School states driver was let go. If they saw nothing wrong don’t you think they would of placed him on leave while under investigation?? Just saying

    4. Anonymous

      Paula Henderson no I don’t. The school wants to be as distant as they can from it when or if they get to court and leave the bus driver out on his own. Had a kid stabbed me in the neck with a pencil I would have probably done a lot worse than what this driver did. The being stabbed in the neck part was conveniently left out. Just saying

    5. Anonymous

      Paula Henderson he’s a thug for stopping the bus after being stabbed in the neck with a pencil and restraining the child from hurting anybody else? Honestly I could care less what happened. Mainly I’m more concerned that only have the story was told or promoted. If the driver is wrong he’s wrong if the kid is in the wrong he’s wrong that’s not the point of my initial comment. It’s that only the convenient side was told by someone who wants people held responsible and he’s not performing responsible journalism.

    6. Anonymous

      Kristy Broadhead he isn’t worth the time. This is about a kid that was mistreated regardless. And a bus driver that lost his temper. The more we feed into this boy he will continue with stupid comments🤦‍♀️

    7. Anonymous

      I’m not defending the bus driver’s behavior caught on this video clip. However my children ride this bus and this particular student seems to stay in trouble. I hope they investigate a little deeper. My 3rd grade daughter was being bullied by this 8th grade male student by calling her names and punching the back of her seat. My 8th grader stated this boy is well known for bad behavior. My 3rd grader was scolded by the assistant principal and principal for standing up and turning around in her seat when she was trying to persuade the boy to stop punching her seat. The camera apparently didn’t catch the boy punching the seat or so they said. I wasn’t allowed to watch the video. I hope that they also hold the students who were using profanity against the bus driver and calling another student mentally retarded will be held for their actions as well.

    8. Anonymous

      Angel Dye I am, in no way condoning the behavior of the little boy. I have seen the entire video. Unless the boy was physically harming himself or someone else there was no reason for him to be done the way he was done. Unfortunately he is a kid & kids can be cruel & mean. But he didn’t deserve what was done. A proper punishment should have been given, yes. But what was done was very uncalled for. The video I saw was 13+ minutes. He didn’t start calling names or physically fighting back until his head had been slammed several times. It was at least 6 minutes into the video before he started doing that. The driver on the other hand was yelling & arguing with other kids from the beginning.

    9. Anonymous

      Angel Dye it’s sad times. Everyone tends to stick up for the bullies. I have dealt with this kind of stuff with my children on and off of the bus. At and away from school. Same reasons our law enforcement is dealing with the problems at hand. Someone sees a short video that began recording shortly after a situation escalated then cast a quick judgment.

    10. Hattiesburg Patriot News Media

      There is no biased reporting. This video is the entirety of what HPNM obtained. There is purportedly another video that is longer and shows the driver assault the student after the driver became frustrated with things that were said.

      The driver WAS NOT restraining the student to protect the student or any other student. HPNM has interviewed multiple people regarding this incident. What was published was 100% accurate.

  8. Anonymous

    HP where is the video evidence where this guy is assaulting this student? He’s restraining him yes but not hitting or punching him. Now we don’t know what happened before the camera started rolling but it’s a little disingenuous to say he’s assaulting him.

    1. Anonymous

      If he was assaulting another student, I would absolutely want him restrained. But the commenter has a point, this isn’t the whole story. What happened to reporting on the whole issue and not jus bits and pieces…

    2. Hattiesburg Patriot News Media

      Innocent until proven guilty.

      Under Mississippi law, a person commits an assault if he:

      attempts to physically injure another personintentionally or recklessly causes physical injury to anothernegligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon, orthreatens another person, causing that person to feel afraid that he is about to suffer serious physical injury.

      A reckless act is one that is committed, not necessarily with intent to harm another, but without regard for the outcome. Pushing someone out of the way in a crowd so that you can get through, without intending to injure the person, could be an assault if the person falls and is injured. A negligent act is one that is not intentional but occurs because the actor fails to exercise reasonable care. An accidental shooting can be a negligent assault if it results from a person not being careful enough when handling or firing a gun.

      The physical injury involved in a simple assault must be a minor injury like a cut, scrape and bruise. If the offender causes more serious injury, such as a broken bone or an injury that requires surgery or hospitalization, the crime is an aggravated assault, which is a more serious offense than simple assault. For information on this crime and assault with a deadly weapon, see Aggravated Assault in Mississippi

    3. Anonymous

      Kristy Broadhead hence I said “now we don’t know what happened before the camera started rolling”. The headline says it shows video of the driver assaulting him. I saw him restraining him. And yes I know if you put your hands on anyone without their consent then it can be considered assault. If this kid was going off on another kid or the driver then I would hope someone would restrain him.

    4. Anonymous

      Joseph Barker I agree with you, I was just stating that I had seen the entire video and it was defiantly assault. Even if that kid had done something that justifies being restrained, he didn’t deserve what he got! I’m a parent that still believes in spanking! We go through wooden spoons at my house like crazy, this was over the top, excessive and made me sick to my stomach to watch!

    5. Anonymous

      I will say to u miss i have seen the full video we are not allowed to release it because of the ongoing case with the police but take my word for it or dont idc he never should have laid a hand on the kid

    1. Anonymous

      Paula Henderson I don’t know. When either one of my sons was that age they where pretty dang tough to handle. And that was just playing around in the living room. If they got really mad then bar the door.

    2. Anonymous

      Joseph Barker omg are you still going on you have made your point and so has everyone else I am not going to continue to argue with your childish self. If you have this much time there is an opening for a bus driver why don’t you go apply since your so perfect.

    3. Anonymous

      Paula Henderson LOL, just stating the obvious – you have posted more in this thread that almost anyone, so you calling him out “for almost 24 hours now you have been on to make a comment” is absolutely the funniest thing I’ve read today. Ducking back out now.

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