Salisbury Police looking into alleged bus driver assault on a student

Published 9:52 am Tuesday, January 15, 2019

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Salisbury police are looking into allegations that a bus driver assaulted a child.

The incident occurred Friday and was reported Monday by a teacher.

Police officials said a teacher said she saw the bus driver strike a 7-year-old boy.

The child was on a bus about 3 p.m. Friday at Overton Elementary School, 1825 W. Park Road.

No charges have been filed, but according to police, there is video evidence. Officers are working to obtain the video.

“While we cannot discuss specific details of incidents considered confidential by law, when we receive a report on inappropriate conduct concerning RSS staff, we follow our procedures and notify law enforcement when required,” said Rowan-Salisbury Schools spokeswoman Rita Foil. “We conduct internal investigations as well as work closely with law enforcement on their investigations.”

Foil said it is never easy to receive reports that involve misconduct toward children.

“The safety of our children remains our top priority. Protocol is reviewed on a continual basis to be sure that we are doing all we can for the children we serve,” she said.

Police officials said they will not release the name of the driver until a charge is filed.