Misdemeanor assault charges were filed Thursday against a 13-year-old boy who allegedly swung his backpack at another student riding a school bus, knocking out the victim.
Police Detective Keith Salyers said the boy charged is in the custody of his parents.
According to Salyers, the victim’s mother filed a complaint Oct. 31 with police, the day after the attack. Officers reviewed the bus videotape and interviewed some of the 10 to 12 students on the bus. The results went to prosecutors who filed the charges of delinquency in Greene County Juvenile Court.
Keith St. Pierre, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools superintendent, said the district has taken disciplinary action against the alleged attacker, but declined to specify that action, citing privacy laws. He did say such an assault “is a suspendable offense.”
St. Pierre also said the district had received a previous report of bullying of the victim. He again declined to provide details, citing privacy laws.
“The video showed the backpack being tossed back and forth across the aisle,” Salyers said. The 13-year-old then swung the pack by its straps hitting the victim, who was sitting beside him, on the right side of the head with enough force that the victim’s head “bounced off the window, and he immediately goes down,” Salyers said. The boy appeared to be unconscious for four to five minutes.
What was “heartbreaking”, said Salyers, is the other students did not alert the bus driver for those four to five minutes. When alerted, the bus driver called for medical assistance, and the victim was taken to the hospital.