Police: Kanawha student charged with battery after hitting bus driver with iPad several times

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A juvenile petition has been filed by Charleston police against a Kanawha County student for allegedly striking a school bus driver several times with an iPad.

Charleston Police Chief of Detectives Lt. Tony Hazelett

Charleston Police Chief of Detectives Lt. Tony Hazelett said the female high school student is currently charged with battery on a school employee, which is misdemeanor.

Hazelett said it happened on the trip home Tuesday afternoon on York Ave. in North Charleston.

“Initially it was a call for a Kanawha County school bus driver not responding with a radio,” Hazelett said. “We responded there and we found the school bus driver in distress.”

Hazelett said the initial investigation determined the student had struck the driver multiple times with a school-issued iPad. The driver was treated at the scene by EMS crews and released.

Detectives will obtain the bus video from Kanawha County Schools and continue their investigation.

“Once we get that we can determine if there were more people involved and what actually happened and if we need to file any additional charges,” Hazelett said.

Hazelett said the girl’s mother was also at the scene.

A Kanawha County Schools spokesperson said the school system is cooperating with police.

More News

Governor Justice: no $465 million 'clawback' of federal funds for schools after waiver approval
The problem was based not on any allegations of misspending — but instead over whether school systems fell short on an obligation to maintain financial support for education at levels in line with overall spending.
April 19, 2024 - 6:10 pm
Fayette County inmate pleads guilty to killing other inmate
The incident happened in November of 2020 at the Mount Olive Correctional Center.
April 19, 2024 - 5:35 pm
Middle school athletes step out of shot put against transgender girl who just won court case
The situation unfolded at the Harrison County Championships for middle schools, just a couple of days after West Virginia transgender athlete won appeals court ruling.
April 19, 2024 - 2:37 pm
West Virginia State University holds a day of community service and giving back
The 11th annual WVSU Cares Day was held Friday at 17 sites throughout Kanawha and Putnam counties.
April 19, 2024 - 2:11 pm