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School bus driver charged after allegedly assaulting special needs student

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JOHNSTON, Iowa – A bus driver in Iowa has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a special needs student on a bus.

According to WHO, officials say the bus driver, who has been identified as 61-year-old Robert Scarbrough, told a 15-year-old special needs student to sit down in his assigned seat.

When the teen didn’t follow instructions, Scarbrough stopped the bus.

Witnesses say the student made a derogatory comment about the driver, who then allegedly grabbed the boy and pulled him out of his seat.

Other students say the driver hit the teen in the head and pushed him onto the floor of the bus.

The incident, which was caught on a student’s cell phone, continued as other students tried to defend the 15-year-old and were yelled at by Scarbrough.

As the bus stopped at the next designated stop, students spotted a Polk County Sheriff’s vehicle nearby.

Several of the students ran off the bus and alerted the deputy about what had just happened on the bus.

Scarbrough was arrested on charges of assault causing injury and child endangerment.

He has since been placed on administrative leave by the district.