Everyone involved in that was behaving atrociously. I have no sympathy for any of them...
Yep, I agree...Of course the Bus driver being in authority should have handled the situation better and should never have laid hands on that girl.
I disagree. No one is responsible for this girl’s bad behavior but her. No excuses.
That's not accurate, and nor helpful.
The student was in the aisle and non-compliant with the direct command of the bus driver. The student was defiant, loud and disrespectful. Since the bus driver is responsible for the safety of all the students on the bus, plus for the safe operation of a motor vehicle -- the student's behavior endangered ALL on the bus and also on the highway. One could argue that the bus driver had the *duty* to have the student restrained by whatever force necessary from that point that the student's defiance and over-the-top disrespect was established -- which is in the first few minutes of that incident.
The student then raises her had quickly as if to hit the bus driver. That is assault.
The driver should never have been charged. It is actually almost heroic that she was able to keep all students safe until police arrive. The defiant girl should be charged with multiple counts and expelled.