A South Carolina teen, who’s on probation, assaulted a 5-year-old girl on a school bus, but the school’s superintendent has been defending the behavior as normal.

The girl’s father, Terry Peters, says he noticed a mark on his daughter’s face when he’d picked her up from the school bus last week.

“People came out and they began to state to me that she got slapped on the school bus,” he told a local news station. “I’m very upset, I’m mad.”

Surveillance footage showed 17-year-old Tavon Walters use another student’s hand to hit 5-year-old Jasmine Peters on the right side of her face.

“He had reached over that seat and he was telling another girl that ‘if you don’t hit her then I’m going to hit her for you,’” Mr.Peters said.


Phyllis Schwarting, the Bamberg District superintendent, gave all impressions of defending the assault by saying, “The behavior on the bus was not any more abnormal than most buses.”

School officials then tried claiming that Walters wasn’t responsible for the marks on the girl’s face because they were on the wrong side of her face compared to what’s shown in the video.

The explanation rang clearly to most; that the photo had been flipped horizontally.


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