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Two girls removed from bus

By Staff | Feb 17, 2013

Blue Earth Area school bus drivers are doing what they are suppose to do when there’s trouble aboard – call local authorities for help.

Four officers of the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office and two from the Winnebago Police Department responded to a report of a fight on a school bus just outside of Winnebago.

Deputy Mark Purvis says the call to dispatch came in around 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Authorities say students were being transported from Blue Earth back to Winnebago.

Purvis says the bus was pulled over at the intersection of 180th Street and Highway 169.

Two females, thought to be 14 or 15 years old, were taken off the bus and driven home.

“The bus was pretty full, but there were no injuries to the passengers,” Purvis says.

Sheriff Mike Gormley says an ambulance was at the scene to treat one of the girls.

Because the bus was equipped with a camera, says Gormley, there is a video of the fight. Purvis says he’s still in the process of conducting interviews to complete his investigation.

The deputy says he has spoken to Dan Brod, the school district’s director of transportation, about the incident.

“The plan is when my report is completed, I’ll send it to the county attorney,” Purvis says.

It’s the second time in the last six months authorities have been called for an assault on a school bus that involved juveniles.

Last October, a male and female riding a bus transporting some 15 students from the alternative school in Winnebago got into a scuffle.

“An assault charge has been filed and is being handled through juvenile court,” says LaMar Piper, assistant county attorney.

The BEA School District does have policies dealing with bad behavior on a bus or at a bus stop.

Handbooks for elementary, middle and high school students outline disciplinary action that could include suspension of riding privileges of up to 10 days on a fourth offense.

In addition to a discipline report, severe misconduct or criminal conduct is reported to the district’s superintendent, local law enforcement and the state Department of Public Safety.