Bus driver, student arrested following pencil stabbing

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:46pm

A Caddo Parish School bus driver and student were both cited after they allegedly attacked one another.

On October 19, at 3:30 p.m., officers were called to a house on the 400 block of Choctaw Trail to reports of an assault and battery. When police arrived at the home, a woman, Angelette Hall, 34, claimed her 13-year-old daughter had been assaulted by the driver of her school bus.

The alleged incident happed on a Caddo Parish school bus carrying students from a local high school. At the time of the alleged attack, the bus was being driven by a substitute teacher, later identified as Roy Gipson, 62, of Shreveport.

According to statements given to authorities, Gipson told a girl to take a seat while the bus was moving. This sparked an arguement between the driver and the student, at which time the juvenile claims the bus driver threatened her physically.

Following the threat,Gipson allegedly grabbed a stick of some sort and made his way to the back of the bus where he hit the child's face with his hands. The teacher then returned to his seat and began driving, arriving at a drop off location near the intersection of West Algonquin Trail and Iroquois Trail. Before jumping off the bus, the student allegedly grabbed a pencil and stabbed Gipson.

An investigation was launched and both the driver and student were arrested for their role in the incident. Both Gipson and the 13-year-old are charged with simple battery.

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