Bus Driver Fired After Fight With Teen and Crash Into Parked Cars

If you're a bus driver, crashing into parked cars is bad. Doing so while in a fist fight with a teenaged student is worse. And having the whole thing caught on video translates into losing your job, as Kenosha, Wisc. bus driver Scotty Wells learned, according to WISN-TV.

The alleged incident happened on January 17, according to WDJT-TV. Now the local union is trying to help Wells get his job back, while the teen has been charged with two felonies. Video cameras on the bus caught the altercation between Wells and a Kenosha Tremper High School student.

WISN stated that Wells was making a routine pickup of 30 students at the high school. The driver reportedly told police that he had asked the 15-year-old student in question for his bus pass "for swearing and being disruptive in the past."

The 135-pound boy walked past the driver, then walked back up. He used an expletive toward Wells and then suddenly punched him. "I was mad that he was going to suspend my bus pass, so I got up and punched him in the face," a police report obtained by WISN quoted the boy.

Wells didn't take the attack sitting down. The video shows him hitting the boy in return and then getting up from his seat and repeatedly striking the boy, who has not been named, being a juvenile.

Unfortunately, Wells apparently didn't set a parking break or possibly even take the bus out of gear. As children were shouting, the bus kept lumbering on, running into a car first, pushing it to the side, and then hitting two parked pick-up trucks before coming to a stop. One of the vehicles had people in it, according to WDJT.

As WISN reported, Wells was fired for improper conduct, failure to secure the vehicle, and having a preventable accident.

Police arrested the boy, who has been charged in juvenile court with felony battery to a public transit operator and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

The boy's mother wanted police to arrest the driver for hitting her son, according to the police report, but prosecutors said that only the boy had acted illegally. He has been released in the custody of his mother until his court date.

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Eleni

The mom needs to be in jail along with her son...everything starts at HOME ..kids learn what they live ..so mom needs a good @ss kick bc apparently she gives him the thumbs up which he takes out into the world --bad parenting and bad parenting examples= BAD future for BAD Behavior Brats... This country has allowed too much bad behavior to go on...they attack the victim and want to give rights to the perpetrator...I feel you do the crime you should do the time no matter if you are famous, non-famous, citizen non-citizen etc,....I think its time to start changing this mess because pretty soon the only thing standing will be the jails and prisons from past, present and future criminals...

February 18 2014 at 10:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
btauble

Smart ass kid probably wont do that again lol.

February 18 2014 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CECILIA

he should of put the bus in park....if a teenager hits me in the face, you know im hitting back....good parenting.

February 18 2014 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susanne Wider-Henry

It is a SHAME this man will loose his JOB because he reacted to being Assaulted by this deranged person. The bus company should take into consideration all aspects of this incident and NOT penalize the bus driver!!

February 16 2014 at 12:09 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
LeTomp

Take your own kids to school and home. The school is not a babby sitter. The bus driver has to listen to so much crap and all they can do is write a report. The only punishments come from school administrators. If half of the parents knew how their child talks and acts maybe they would wakeup. Of course many are taught to act the way they do by their parents.

February 15 2014 at 8:27 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
philips0811

Love all you people criticizing the driver. I'm sure you would all have perfect presence of mind if someone punched you in the face. You'd probably sit down and write a symphony before gently asking your assailant to stop.

February 15 2014 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
philips0811

Bus Drivers are lumped in with truck drivers when it comes to Federal on the job injury statistics. It's a way for the government to conceal the fact that driving a school bus has become a dangerous job due to punks like this 15 year old. Cause of the stupidity? "The mother wanted the police to arrest the driver for hitting her son..." Need more be said? My Dad would have probably helped the bus driver beat my a-- if I did something like this kid did. Good for the driver. I hope he gets his job back plus damages from the weak-minded school district.

February 15 2014 at 3:08 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
naoma@cheerful.com

I watched that video several times and driver says he had to defend himself. WRONG. His first duty was
to all the kids in the bus. He just got up and went after the kid who hit him and the bus crashed into a
parked car.

February 14 2014 at 8:43 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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lolabird

You're wrong. The teen could have seriously harmed the bus driver, thereby placing all the passengers in serious danger. The teen should be arrested for felony assault.

February 14 2014 at 9:26 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
aguilamnstr

Today your not a hero unless you coddle the criminals and get in touch with thier feelings . After all they are liberal voters. Shhhh! Lie down and take a beating. As a government employee you are part of the progressive machine and law and order is a social dysfunction. If you help arrest citizens you are just helping overcrowd the prisons as well. What would Obama do?

February 13 2014 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

I hope he gets his job back. It is because of "passengers" like this punk-thug-brat that being a bus driver is the LAST JOB on earth that I would want. The kid is a smart-a--.

February 13 2014 at 12:52 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

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