Two Boys — Ages 7 And 8 — Accused Of Beating Bus Driver

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (CBS) — Two boys from Michigan City – ages 7 and 8 – are accused of savagely beating their school bus driver and two bus aides last week.

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports the two boys are charged with battery for allegedly beating bus driver Shaunda Gilbert, and attacking two bus aides after the boys were told to stop playing around on the bus on Friday, while on their way home from Springfield Elementary School.

According to the report from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, the boys were throwing a lanyard back and forth and were told to stop.

One of the boys refused and “began to curse at her [the driver], calling her several derogatory names.”

According to the police report, Gilbert stopped the bus, and one of the boys told her he was getting off. When she tried to block the door, the boy “shoved her down … jumped on top of her while cursing and screaming … pulling her hair violently… and slamming her head.”

Two bus monitors attempted to intervene and were also attacked by the boys.

Police were called and sheriff’s officers took the boys home.

According to the police report, the boys “did not allege they were struck or harmed by bus personnel.”

“They both advised that they were mad because they had been asked to stop ‘playing around,’” the report stated.

A school spokesperson said the boys will be disciplined.

“The two students involved are being disciplined according to our Code of Responsible Behavior,” said Betsy Kohn of Michigan City Area Schools.

She added the driver and another injured bus aide have since returned to work.

The boys also face battery charges, likely in juvenile court.

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