A South Carolina teen, who’s on probation, assaulted a 5-year-old girl on a school bus, but the schoolâ€™s superintendent has been defending the behavior as normal.
The girlâ€™s father, Terry Peters, says he noticed a mark on his daughterâ€™s face when he’d picked her up from the school bus last week.
â€œPeople came out and they began to state to me that she got slapped on the school bus,â€ he told a local news station. â€œIâ€™m very upset, Iâ€™m mad.â€
Surveillance footage showed 17-year-old Tavon Walters use another studentâ€™s hand to hit 5-year-old Jasmine Peters on the right side of her face.
â€œHe had reached over that seat and he was telling another girl that â€˜if you donâ€™t hit her then Iâ€™m going to hit her for you,â€™â€ Mr.Peters said.
Phyllis Schwarting, the Bamberg District superintendent, gave all impressions of defending the assault by saying, â€œThe behavior on the bus was not any more abnormal than most buses.â€
School officials then tried claiming that Walters wasn’t responsible for the marks on the girlâ€™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.