Two schoolchildren – ages 11 and 12 – were charged with assault and battery by mob at a Rock Hill school bus stop this week after a fight that involved several children throwing rocks and swinging belts.
According to a Rock Hill Police report, two Dutchman Creek Middle School students were waiting for their school bus on Mount Gallant Road when they began to throw rocks. One of those rocks hit another student.
That student and his cousin approached one of the rock-throwers and hit him with a belt several times, police say. As the fight continued to escalate, police say, one child was thrown to the ground and kicked in the eye.
Other students intervened to stop the fight and later boarded the school bus.
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The two children charged with third-degree assault and battery by mob were released later into the custody of their mothers and summoned to appear in Family Court.
The bus driver notified school officials about the incident and disciplinary action will be taken against the students, Rock Hill schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.
The district is not able to monitor what happens at a bus stop before the bus arrives, she said. Students are given a school bus policy at the beginning of the year reminding them that riding a bus is a “privilege,” not a right.