School bus fight caught on video

Published: Aug. 22, 2016 at 6:33 PM EDT
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The bus ride home for a few Gresham Middle School students quickly took a brutal turn.

A cell phone video shows one student repeatedly punching his classmate. The other boy is cornered in his seat, kicking in self-defenses, while others watched.

A spokesperson for Knox County schools said the fight broke out last Tuesday on bus 111. An aide was not aboard, but an ambulance was called.

Vic Upchurch, the driver of the bus, eventually pulled over at the intersection of Dante and Chetwood Road but did not get involved in the fight.

A Knox County schools spokesperson told Local 8 News Upchurch has since been removed from the school's roster of approved drivers.

Local 8 News took a look at the school's handbook and found out that a fight, like the one in the video, is a level 2 violation of the Bus Discipline Code. The consequences include suspension from the bus or out-of- school suspension.

When Local 8 News asked Knox County schools how the students would be punished, a spokesperson said, "We don't discuss disciplinary action for any student with anyone other than the student and their parents/guardians," citing a federal law.

The principal of the school and Superintendent Buzz Thomas would not comment on the fight, but the cell phone video speaks loud and clear.

A Knox County school's spokesperson told Local 8 News Upchurch and another car collided in Fountain City last Monday, a day before the fight on his bus. No students were on board at the time, but he and the driver of the other car were cited.

Bus 111 will now have an aide on it.