Popped in the noggin

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:16 PM

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene of the incident, near the intersection of 120th Avenue and Buchanan Street in Robinson Township, at about 8:15 a.m. Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska said a 13-year-old boy on the bus became angry and threw the can at the staff member.

The staff member sought her own treatment for the injuries she suffered. The Sheriff's Department said the can caused a "minor red mark" on the woman.

Konarska said the bus was delayed for a short time, then continued on its way to school. The student was not disciplined, but the Sheriff's Department said he was turned over to his parents and a report was sent to the prosecutor's office for review.

“We are definitely following up on the incident,” Konarska said.

There were only a handful of students on the small bus, which was on its way to Sheldon Pines School in Holland Township, Konarska said. Sheldon Pines is a program operated by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District for emotionally impaired youth.

“The student is continuing in the special school program,” Konarska said.

Although such incidents are "highly unusual," the superintendent said it is the normal procedure to have a staff person on the bus to assist the driver with the students.

“When a situation like that occurs on a school bus, and the driver feels they need the support, the police are called,” Konarska said.

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