A Louisiana school bus driver is now facing battery charges, caught on video brutally beating and choking a young student.
The circumstances leading to this incident remain unclear, but what’s evident is that other students aboard the bus actively intervened to put a stop to the driver’s abuse of their fellow student, shouting, “Get off of him!”
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A Jefferson Parish school bus driver accused of choking a Marrero Middle School student is out on bond.
Miles Jenkins, 77, was arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and faces a simple battery charge.
Jenkins was arrested Monday (Oct. 30) after a family member of the student called JPSO. Video taken by another student on the bus shows Jenkins shoving a student. The student tries to get out of his seat and Jenkins is seen pushing the student back and slapping or striking him on the head. The student shoves the bus driver, who then appears to pin the student against the bus window and allegedly choke him.
In the video, another student yells, “Get off of him.”
The student and the driver eventually walk toward the bus door before the video cuts off. It is unclear what led up to the incident.
Jenkins was employed by First Student, the school bus contractor hired by Jefferson Parish Schools, but he has since resigned.
In an updated statement to FOX 8 on Wednesday, a spokesperson for First Student said, “At First Student, we invest heavily in the comprehensive training and ongoing development of our drivers. They receive an average of 40 hours of training before operating a bus, which is more than double the federal requirement. Drivers also go through regular enhancement training during their tenure with the company. We monitor driver performance daily and conduct annual evaluations.”