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2 Cops, Bus Driver Hospitalized After Fight On Bus Full Of Special-Needs Kids

Boston, MA – Two police officers and a bus driver were hospitalized after a fight on a school bus in Jamaica Plain on Friday morning.

The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. on July 23 as students from the McKinley School were being taken to a summer learning program at Orchard Gardens School in Roxbury, the Boston Globe reported.

The McKinley School is a special education facility that serves Kindergarteners through 12th Graders, according to the Boston Public Schools (BPS) website.

The school offers a “highly-structured behavior management system” with intensive clinical support with a focus on emotional, behavioral, and learning needs.

The bus was carrying students from 3rd Grade to 8th Grade when the incident occurred, the Boston Globe reported.

Boston Police Sergeant Detective John Boyle said the incident on the bus began as a fight between three students when the bus was near the 200-block of Centre Street.

When the fight started, the bus driver pulled over and contacted BPS Transportation, the Boston Globe reported.

Boston police and EMS responded to the scene.

But the students on the bus continued to fight after police boarded it and attacked the officers, WFXT reported.

One officer was bitten by a student and another officer was kicked in the head, the New York Post reported.

One student was transported to the hospital with their parent who had already arrived on the scene before the ambulance left, the Boston Globe reported.

The school has not released the age or gender of the injured student.

Two police officers and the bus driver were also transported to the hospital with injuries, the Boston Globe reported.

Police have not released the identities of the wounded officers.

Boston Public Schools said it had contacted the parents of the children who were on the bus about the incident, the Boston Globe reported.

“Violence of any kind is not tolerated in the Boston Public Schools,” the school district said in a statement. “Our buses are an extension of our classrooms. The situation will be fully evaluated, appropriate support will be provided, and any disciplinary actions will be taken in accordance with the BPS Code of Conduct.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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