VIA THE WASHINGTON POST:
A substitute Loudoun County school bus driver was charged with simple assault after allegedly striking a student who refused to turn down his iPod, authorities said.
Lavangila N. McKissic, 35, of Round Hill, was driving students through Purcellville about 4 p.m. on April 27 when she repeatedly asked a student, who was not using headphones, to turn down his MP3 player, sheriff’s spokesman Kraig Troxell said. The 15-year-old boy, a student at Harmony Intermediate School, didn’t.
Witnesses reported that McKissic stopped the bus, grabbed the iPod from the teenager and struck him in the head, Troxell said. He said the teenager was not injured.
Troxell said another student on the bus reported the incident the following day. He said the School Resource Officer launched an investigation.
A schools spokesman said McKissic has been suspended. He said students are allowed to have MP3 players on the bus provided the music is quiet.