Off-duty SC trooper bitten in attack by 13-year-old student

Losing two bus drivers from the staff meant several students at Purnell Swett High School have been waiting until after 8:30 a.m. to be picked up.
Losing two bus drivers from the staff meant several students at Purnell Swett High School have been waiting until after 8:30 a.m. to be picked up.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Richland County sheriff’s deputies say an off-duty South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper was bitten by a 13-year-old boy when the officer responded to a school bus fight.

Richland Lt. Curtis Wilson told local media the teen got into a fight with another student on the bus Tuesday afternoon. Wilson says when the bus driver tried to break up the fight, the driver was attacked, as well.

Wilson says an off-duty trooper who saw the incident tried to intervene and was bitten on the chest and arm.

It was unclear if the teen will face charges. He was released to his parents. The condition of the driver and the student who were not available.

Richland District Two spokeswoman Libby Roof said the bus was carrying students in grades six to eight.

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