BREAKING NEWS: Culpeper bus driver charged with assault

A Culpeper County School Bus driver has been charged with one count of assault and battery. Franklyn G. Grant, 59, of Culpeper County was served with the misdemeanor warrant March 1 for the school bus incident.

The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant after investigating a complaint that Grant had hit a 12-year-old female student on his bus. The investigation found that the student pinched Grant’s arm. He then struck her arm with his hand. She moved towards him again, the investigation revealed, and he struck her arm with his hand repeatedly in response.

According to Culpeper County Public Schools, Mr. Grant was suspended from his position pending the outcome of the investigation.

In a statement, CCPS said it “is committed to the safety and well-being of all students and will continue to work with law enforcement during the investigation of this matter.”

The incident occurred on February 27, 2017. Orange County Human Services was involved in the investigation.

Grant admitted to striking the student saying that he was “frustrated” that day.

The first appearance on the charge is scheduled for March 8 at 8:30 am in the Culpeper Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He faces the possibility of a fine and/or a jail sentence of up to one year — the standard punishment prescribed for the Class One Misdemeanor of Assault and Battery.

Grant was not required to post bond.

3 Comments

  1. This is a special needs student on a special needs bus. Don’t be so quick to judge for we are all imperfect human beings. Children with severe mental challenges like this do not understand those boundaries and it takes very patient adults to teach them what they need to learn, to try to function in this world of very little acceptance and tolerance for things and people who differ from the norm. Hitting a child with these conditions only teaches them that it is the correct way to respond to someone. It teaches the opposite of what you want them to do because they learn by repetition and immitation. A family with children like this already have enough worry and stress beyond the typical person and should at least be able to trust the other adults who are in a position of caring for the well being of their precious child. CCPS needs to better train all special needs bus drivers and aides. The children spend many hours on the bus due to lack of drivers and should be trained just like their teachers in dealing with behavior issues and the appropriate way to handle situations that arise.

  2. If someone pinches me my first reaction is to slap at them it hurts and it’s a common reaction to get them off you. The 12 year old had no business pinching the bus driver repeatedly if I was in his shoes my reaction might have been the same. She is old enough to respect her bus driver and keep her hands to her self this behavior is unacceptable for her age.

  3. I hope the girl’s behavior was addressed as well. I did not condone the drivers reaction, but I know some of these kids misbehave repeatedly with no punishment. This has got to be addressed both on the bus and in the schools.

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