Bus driver charged with assaulting boy terminated


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A now former Comstock Park Public Schools bus driver is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a 7-year-old student.

Officials say Scott Gordon Baker, 54, is expected to turn himself in soon on a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery in connection to the Nov. 30 incident.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said charges were authorized last week after investigators reviewed video of an incident he said showed Baker assaulting a student.

Sgt. Joel Roon with the sheriff’s office said the bus driver had been trying to get the student to sit in an appropriate place on the bus. When the child refused, Roon said the driver used his knee to “nudge” the boy before aggressively forcing him into the seat. Roon said the driver did not punch or hit the child.

The child's family is furious.

"He ran in the house crying and screaming that the bus driver hurt him really bad," the boy's grandmother Jo Pruett told 24 Hour News 8. "For a bus driver to come to my child and pick him up and slam him on the seat, there's something wrong with that man."

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