Boardman cops looking into school bus discipline incident

Staff report


Township police are investigating an incident in which an employee with a private bus company applied a restraining hold to a Youngstown elementary student.

The principal of Paul C. Bunn Elementary School told police the school received a call about a disruptive student on a bus Monday afternoon.

When the bus arrived, the principal observed a bus attendant applying what he described as a “choke hold” on the student, according to a report. He told police the student appeared to have briefly lost consciousness.

Terry Thomas, CEO of Community Bus Services Inc., said the student was slapping the bus driver, and the attendant applied the proper restraining hold to get the student away from the driver in accordance with her training.

He said the video corroborates his contention the restraint was not a “choke hold.”

Read more about the incident in Wednesday's Vindicator or on

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