Police: Lawrence student pepper-sprayed, adult bus attendant cited

Updated story: Lawrence school bus monitor cited, suspended after reportedly pepper-spraying student

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An adult bus attendant was cited on suspicion of battery after a dispute on a school bus Friday afternoon, Lawrence police said.

Police said that the bus attendant used pepper spray against a 17-year-old girl after, according to the attendant, the girl lunged toward the attendant in a threatening manner. The incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. in the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue, Sgt. Kirk Fultz, of the Lawrence Police Department, said.

Lawrence school district spokeswoman Julie Boyle wrote in an email to the media Friday that the incident took place on a bus route serving the Juvenile Detention Center.

“After exiting the bus near the 1600 block of Haskell, a First Student bus attendant, allegedly sprayed pepper spray, causing at least two students to report being affected by a burning sensation on their faces,” Boyle wrote.

An ambulance was called to the scene but did not take anyone to the hospital, Boyle wrote, and the parents of the students on the bus were notified.

Correction: A previous version of this story included incorrect information about the person who received a citation for the incident on the bus. The bus attendant was cited on suspicion of battery after using pepper spray on the student. This story has been changed to reflect that information and to clarify that the attendant was the person who said the girl was lunging in a threatening manner.


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