Expert reviews bus confrontation

A teenager's confrontation with a Kindergarten student on a Lee County School bus, captured by a fellow student on a cell phone is reviewed by a school safety expert.

We showed the video to Jon Akers, the Executive Director for the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

"The 17-year-old didn't use good judgment, in my opinion," Akers said.

A former principal at Bryan Station High and Dunbar, Akers is no stranger to confrontations between students.

"The Seventeen year old needed to be more mature and deal with that and just realize it's a five-year-old that's shooting his mouth off," he said.

In the video it shows 5-year-old Robert Ross exchanging words with the 17-year-old student. Then the child is kicked in the chest according to his mother, sending the five-year-old into the opposite side seat. The teen is also accused of picking the child up and carrying him towards the front of the bus.

"In this incident, the much older student just went too far, and should have never laid his hands on the five-year-old," said Akers.

As for the bus driver taking partial responsibility for what he did or didn't do, Akers isn't so sure.

"A certain amount. But I think bus drivers take an awful hard wrap sometimes because they're supposed to know all, and be all."

That questions he will leave to Lee County School officials who are conducting an investigation. Akers does believe the teen in question should face consequences for his actions.

"Most definitely, two-wrongs don't make a right, regardless of the situation."

Robert Ross' mother, Sabrina says she is pursuing criminal charges.


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