Authorities: Video shows Iowa bus driver assaulting mentally disabled student

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A school bus driver in central Iowa is accused of assaulting a student on a packed bus, and authorities say riders recorded video of the incident.

Johnston Police Department Lt. Lynn Aswegan says 60-year-old Robert Scarbrough, of West Des Moines, was arrested Thursday. He’s being held at the Polk County Jail on charges of assault causing bodily injury and child endangerment. Court records don’t list an attorney.

Scarbrough is accused of assaulting a 15-year-old male student who Aswegan says has a mental disability. Aswegan says the department received video of the Thursday incident and is aware of a second circulating online.

One video shows a man hitting a student as other riders are heard screaming for him to stop.

The Johnston Community School District says Scarbrough is on administrative leave.


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