BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School System says a bus driver was placed on administrative leave after an afternoon altercation with a student.
A video posted on social media showed a heated exchange between a Tara High student and a bus driver. The argument appears to escalate until the bus driver uses what EBR Schools said was pepper spray.
Wednesday’s incident is being investigated by law enforcement, according to EBR Schools officials. Read the statement issued by the school system below:
“This matter is currently under investigation by district and law enforcement personnel. At approximately 3:00 PM it appears that a physical altercation took place between a EBRPSS Bus Driver and a high school student. According to recordings, it appears that the altercation began after a student threw a water bottle from the moving bus, the bus driver then stopped the bus to determine who threw the bottle. The driver and several students reported that the student seen in the video then attempted to hit the bus driver who responded by using pepper spray on the student. The employee seen in the video was placed on immediate administrative leave, pending an internal investigation. The student will be disciplined in accordance with the Student’s Right and Responsibilities Handbook.”East Baton Rouge Parish School System
The Instagram account that posted the video currently has eight posts that feature videoed fights allegedly taking place on campus. An Instagram Story posted by the account shows that the social media company has been taking down posted videos, citing the reasoning as a violation of community guidelines.
Instagram’s community guidelines state that they do not allow “graphic violence,” and posts reflecting that type of violence may be removed.