Teen Charged, Bus Driver Fired After Assault

7:41 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- A Sumter teenager has been charged with assault and battery after an altercation with her bus driver.

The incident happened March 1. Since then, Sumter School District says the bus driver lost her job for violating staff conduct, although no charges have been filed against her.

"This particular route, it seemed like from day one I didn't have a chance with some of these students," said Delores Rainwater, the bus driver.

She recalled to News19 about that day when she was attacked after arriving at school that morning.

"They wanted their old bus driver back who was a young lady, and they let me know that," Rainwater said.

It was tough for her to hold back the emotion as the tears flowed down her face.

The Sumter County Sheriff's office says after Rainwater had finished her route and was dropping her students off at school, she was punched multiple times by a female student. Rainwater says she did not provoke the student.

"No, sir, I did not," she said.

The 17-year-old girl who attacked Delores, according to an incident report, was arrested and charged with assault.

The Sumter School District issued a statement saying that "appropriate action was taken. The driver was terminated ...[for] violating board policy GBEB staff conduct." 

News19 did some digging and found the policy they refer to in the statement says "the [school] board expects the staff to strive to set an example for students."

Rainwater says she just wants her job back.

News19 also made an effort to get the videotape of the incident that was captured by the school bus camera. Sumter School District referred us to the the Sumter Sheriff's Department. We are still waiting for a response. 

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