GEORGIA — When Terry Peters greeted his 5-year-old daughter at the bus stop, he immediately noticed a hand mark across her face. Immediately, he snapped a photo of her wound.
His worst thoughts were quickly confirmed: “People began to tell me that she got slapped on the school bus,” said Peters to a local news reporter.
The school bus surveillance video shows his daughter was indeed hit. The attacker is a 17-year-old black teenager who is on probation.
Surveillance footage clearly shows Tavon Walters reach over the bus seat in front of him and use the hand of another bus rider to hit Peter’s 5-year-old daughter, Jazmyn, on the side of her face.
According to Peters, Tavon took the hand of the girl next to him and threatened her that if she didn’t hit Jazmyn then he was going to hit Jazmyn using the girl’s hand.
Despite the video clearly showing the assault, political correctness took the best of the school’s superintendent, Phyllis Schwarting. “The behavior on the bus was not any more abnormal than most buses,” she told reporters.
Schwarting and school officials are going out of there way in trying to protect the black teen. They claim Walters is not responsible for the marks because the photo and the video footage do not match. They say the marks on Jazmyn’s face in the photo do not match the side in which she was hit on the bus.
However, police are confident the marks on Jazmyn’s face were caused by Walters. They believe the picture was edited. Authorities believe the photo was flipped somehow, and if they are correct, it could answer the question about why the mark is on the opposite cheek from the assault in the security video. Walters is charged with assaulting the girl because of the security video but school officials still don’t believe the mark came from the bus assault.
According to local station WRDW, the attorney for the Peters family is looking into the school’s procedures and policies. The family is considering a possible lawsuit. They want to know why Walters was even allowed on the bus considering his shady history. The 17-year-old is no stranger to getting into trouble in and out of school. He has a long history of violence.
When asked why he is allowed on the bus with other kids when he has a history of violence and is known as a trouble-maker, Phyllis Schwarting responded, “Well, he had not had any bus incidents for one.”
Walters is currently out on bail. He is back in court on September 26th, 2016.
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