Black 17yo Assaults 5yo White Girl on School Bus, School Officials Defend As "Normal"

Chris Menahan
Aug. 31, 2016

A 17-year-old black teenager was caught on tape assaulting a 5-year-old white girl while riding on a school bus in South Carolina.

The teen, Tavon Walters, was on probation at the time of the assault. It's not clear why he was allowed to ride the bus with a 5-year-old that's 12 years his junior. Nonetheless, the school's superintendent Phyllis Schwarting defended Tavon's actions saying: "The behavior on the bus was not any more abnormal than most buses."

From Global News:
A five-year-old girl from South Carolina is now scared to ride the school bus after a 17-year-old boy allegedly hit her in the face, said the child’s father.

Terry Peters, the father of five-year-old Jasmine, told NBC affiliate WAGT News, that when he picked up his daughter from the school bus last week he noticed a mark on her face.

“People came out and they began to state to me that she got slapped on the school bus,” said Peters to WAGT. “I’m very upset, I’m mad.”

Surveillance video from the bus appears to show the teen reaching over a school bus seat and using another student’s hand to hit Jasmine on the right side of her face.

“He had reached over that seat and he was telling another girl that ‘if you don’t hit her then I’m going to hit her for you,’” explained Peters.
Author Colin Flaherty highlighted the video on his YouTube channel:

There was a question of whether Tavon caused the girl's visible injuries as they say the marks were on the opposite side of her face. Police have since said they believe the photo may have been flipped.

Bamberg District superintendent Phyllis Schwarting is going all in trying to claim the girl must have got the hand print shaped mark from somewhere else:
Liz Owens: "This kid has been in trouble at school before no secret, they're saying he's on probation, why is it that someone who has a history like that allowed to ride the bus, especially with young students?"

Phyllis Schwarting: "Well, he had not had any bus incidents for one."

Liz Owens: "So it doesn't really matter how bad of trouble you get in at school? You could hit a kid at school or have a history of being violent at school as long, as that didn't happen on the bus, he's not going to lose his bus privileges?"

Phyllis Schwarting: "Well that's sort of taking things out of context."

Schwarting would not comment on the possibility of the picture being flipped. She told Liz Owens, "I have information to the contrary."

Clearly, this is just another innocent black man being framed for a crime he didn't commit.

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