May 4, 2022

Student Altercation Leads to Felony Child Abuse Charges for Mississippi School Bus Driver

Nicole McCardle

A Mississippi school bus driver has been arrested for felony child abuse after a fight broke out between two students.

William McBride, 71, was assessing a situation on his bus where two students had initiated a fight, and one student got injured.

McBride got the injured student off the bus for medical attention, and then he got back on the bus to evaluate the other student.

The student was screaming and causing a ruckus, which lead other students to get involved.

According to Sheriff Eddie Hawkins, McBride attempted to de-escalate the situation but was unable to control his temper, and that’s when the assault happened.

Lowndes County Sheriffs Office and West Lowndes High School reviewed the security video on the school bus before arresting McBride.

His bond has not been set.

Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Sam Allison released this statement:

“This is an unfortunate incident. We are very embarrassed by this inexcusable behavior. We are thankful there were no serious injuries and very appreciative of the students who quickly de-escalated the situation. Mr. McBride is no longer employed by the Lowndes County School District.”

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