COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police say a former school bus driver in Ohio has been charged after she held down the arms of a 9-year-old boy and told a girl to hit him.
A police report released Monday says 58-year-old Brenda Abdul-Mateen was charged with contributing to a child's delinquency or unruliness on a Columbus City Schools bus in January. The report says she held the boy's hands and told another student to hit him.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the district was moving toward firing the driver when she resigned in February. A district spokesman tells the newspaper the boy wasn't injured seriously and attended school the next day. The girl wasn't disciplined.
He says it appears Abdul-Mateen thought the boy was picking on the girl. She told a reporter for WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, that she knows it was wrong but calls the boy "a typical bully." She says she regrets her part in the assault.
This is the not the first time that Abdul-Mateen has been in trouble with the law for actions involving students. In June of last year, Abdule-Mateen plead guilty to disorderly conduct after officers say she threatened to shoot up a student's family. She was suspended for 10 days from her job.
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