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Teenage girl arrested on assault charges for altercation involving Escondido bus driver, two others charged

Teen caught on video has been arrested on an assault charge and taken into custody, two other teens to be charged in assault.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A teenage girl caught on video attacking a North County Transit District bus driver has been arrested on an assault charge and two others have been charged with conspiracy and released to their parents according to the Escondido Police Department. The bus driver is not being charged at this time.

The North County Transit District released surveillance video of the fight that happened last week that assisted authorities in their investigation of the altercation. The case has now been handed over to juvenile court.

Cameras were recording as three students from San Pasqual High School "caused a disturbance" and then pushed their bus driver to the ground, punching and kicking him.

The Escondido Police Department had been investigating the crime that occurred on August 29 around 4:20 p.m. just near Escondido School District's' San Pasqual High, where several students attacked their bus driver after he attempted to keep them from exiting the bus following a dispute.

"I have to call the police, and we have to wait until the police get here," the bus driver said in a video shared with CBS 8.

A person aboard the bus, who wished to remain anonymous, shared two video clips with CBS 8, which captured the altercation's start on a North County Transit District bus, according to Lieutenant Suzanne Baeder with Escondido police. 

"Some of the students were causing a disturbance on the bus that caused the driver to shut the bus off and call his supervisor. Before being able to call the police, the individuals causing the disturbance attempted to exit the bus, but the driver stood in the doorway," Lt. Baeder said. 

The driver eventually moved but as the female students exited the bus, the video shows him pushing one of the students. That started another altercation outside. 

"One of the female students began punching the 64-year-old driver and then knocked him to the ground. At least one other female student joined in on the fight," Lt. Baeder said in a press release.

Another student and an off-duty secured guard on the bus eventually broke up the fight.

The driver told authorities he was uninjured.

The Escondido Police Department says it will continue to investigate the incident. The investigation will be forwarded to the Juvenile District Attorney’s Office for a review of charges. 

And that may not be the only punishment they face.

"I can assure you that if any SP [San Pasqual High] students are involved, they will be dealt with," said Cory Gregory, Principal of San Pasqual High School.

A mother of one of the students provided a separate statement to CBS 8 on behalf of the girl which read in part, "Sorry for the actions I was involved in and the pain and turmoil I caused to everyone involved."

In a statement to CBS 8, the North County Transit Line says:

"NCTD is concerned about the unfortunate incident that occurred at a bus stop near San Pasqual High School. We take the safety our passengers and bus personnel very seriously.

MV Transportation (MV), NCTD’s contractor for bus operations and the employer of the bus driver, is actively conducting an investigation of the incident under the oversight of NCTD. 

Separately, NCTD is advancing its own investigation and will take the appropriate actions pending the outcome of that investigation. "

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