School bus incident leads to charges

Published 9:49 pm Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A female senior at Turlington Woods School now facing criminal charges allegedly hit a male student after accusing him of calling her an offensive name, according to an affidavit.

As cited in the affidavit supporting the school resource officer’s court application to seize video footage, the complainant and the accused gave Turlington Woods principal Pam Lipscomb conflicting accounts of the Sept. 19 altercation.

The complainant said he heard the suspect say, “I’m going to steal on him,” the affidavit states, before the suspect walked over to where he sat on the school bus, and said, “Why are you talking about me and why did you call me a —?”

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The complainant said he was then sitting quietly in his seat, looking out the window, when he heard his alleged assailant say she was going to hit him.

“Soon after I glanced out of the corner of my eye and she hit me,” he told Lipscomb, the affidavit states.

The accused, the affidavit states, told the principal “everyone was horseplaying on the bus.” She said she “popped him, but it was soft.”

The accused confirmed to Lipscomb she had asked the male student why he allegedly called her the offensive name, which is cited in the affidavit.

“She stated that (the complainant) appeared to be upset, at which time she apologized,” the affidavit continues.

The accused faces one count each of assault and disorderly conduct. Deputy Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Wiser confirmed she is scheduled for a trial in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on March 3, but he could not discuss a case before the juvenile court.

School district spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw stated the female was 17 at the time of the incident but has since turned 18.

Following the incident, the female was suspended for 10 days pending an administrative hearing with an expulsion request.

“She appeared before the (Suffolk Public Schools) hearing officer and received disciplinary actions for the offense,” Bradshaw added. “She has returned to (Turlington Woods). The male student did not require medical treatment because of her punch.”