Alleged Bullying Incident Leads to Assault Charge in Illinois
An Illinois man is facing an assault charge after he supposedly attacked a child who rode his daughter’s bus. The assault charge stems from an incident during which the man got on the bus to confront a child who was supposedly bullying his daughter. The man was arrested after he turned himself in to law enforcement.
According to the report, the man boarded the bus and grabbed the alleged bully by his jacket. People who witnessed the attack said that the man threatened to strike the boy with a belt if he did not cease the bullying. The exact nature of the bullying was not specified.
The bus driver and the monitor aboard the bus told the man to get off of the bus, and he complied. No other incidents occurred, and it appears that the father did not actually hit the child as threatened. After he turned himself into Illinois law enforcement, he was officially charged with aggravated assault and battery. It is not clear if the man has an attorney to fight these charges, but it is within his rights to defend himself.
It should be noted that, even though the man is accused of threatening violence against a child, he is allowed to defend himself against the assault charge that is brought against him. He has not been convicted of any crimes, which means that he is still considered innocent in the eyes of the law. When facing a serious criminal charge, each individual may seek legal counsel and pursue the defense strategy that could secure the most beneficial outcome.
Source: CBS St. Louis, “Police: Illinois Man Assaults Boy on School Bus“, Nov. 18, 2014
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