Two Charged in School Bus Beating

Two Charged in School Bus Beating

The driver did not stop the bus or call 911 during the assault.
CHESTER, DELAWARE COUNTY – Two 16-year-olds have been charged after a school bus beating was caught on tape and the video of the attack went viral.

One of the two charged punched the 17-year-old victim in the face on a bus ride home October 9th, chipping three teeth and causing a bloody nose. The victim’s friend claims he was also punched in the incident.

The victim pleaded with the driver to let him off the five-person van, but the 34-year-old driver did not intervene, call for help, or pull over during the one-minute video.

“I can't understand how he could sit there and see this happen not put a stop to it,” said family friend Judy Bair.

Police were not notified about the incident until they were tipped about the video going viral over the weekend. Pennsylvania State Law requires bus drivers to pull over and call 911 for help or report the incident to authorities in an expeditious time frame.

“I have a problem with a grown adult not reporting it,” said Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail. “He has a responsibility to inform his superiors and the police of a criminal act.”

The Delaware County District Attorney charged the two 16-year-olds with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, and related crimes. They will not be charged as adults.

This is not the first school bus beating to go viral this year. Three teenage students in the Tampa, Florida area allegedly beat a 13-year-old in August. In that case the driver came under fire when called for help rather than intervene, a choice he had under that district’s policy.
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