Cops: Two West Orange High Students Assault, Rob Bus Driver

Two teenagers allegedly robbed and punched a bus driver while dropping students off from school.

Two West Orange High School students assaulted and robbed a bus driver while dropping students off from the West Orange High School last week, police said. 

According to Lt. Robert Williams, a bus driver for Hunterdon Education Services Commission picked up about 30 students from the West Orange High School on Wednesday at about 3:30 p.m.

The bus driver told police when he dropped off a few students on Main Street near Franklin Avenue, one of the teenagers reached onto the dashboard and grabbed the drivers Apple headphones.

The bus driver stood up and yelled at the teenager, the report stated, and the teenager pushed him. The bus driver grabbed the teenager's backpack to stop him and the youth punched the bus driver. The youth then ran off west on Llewellyn Avenue. 

According to the report, during the altercation, another teenager stole the bus driver's iPhone. 

Police described the teenagers who allegedly assaulted the bus driver as 16 to 18-year-old black youth, about 5-foot-6 with cropped black hair. 

Police didn't provide any description of the second teenager however their were two camera in the front of the bus. The incident is still under investigation. 
dsg1963 September 24, 2013 at 05:12 PM
bbdoll, I agree with you that, as the headphones were not in the ears of the driver, he/she was doing no wrong. I clearly stated that the driver's actions in no way warranted what had happened to him and I do feel bad for him.
dsg1963 September 24, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Lori, bbdoll and others, I agree that it all starts at home and that these kids should be punished severely. Lets imagine for a second that we expel these two or even incarcerate one of them for assault. Would you find it hard to imagine that these young men may soon be the ones at home teaching the lessons to their children that resulted in their own lack of character and respect. It is a vicious circle. I say this at the risk of imposing thought from some that I am some yellow-bellied liberal too interested in protecting the civil rights of those who have no respect for the rights of others. You would be grossly incorrect in that thought. Not a single person that has criticized my thoughts or denounced my ideas have expressed thoughts that I disagree with. Practically speaking, however, the current system doesn't work. So I go back to my original question: Expel them and then what?
bbdoll September 25, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Honestly , I'm not sure what else can be said. Every morning I read that someone is being held up at gun point. Their iphones, headphones and wallets are being lifted. They attack grown men and even young girls. Many times , the reports indicate that these criminals are between 18 and 25. In my opinion , these young men , carrying guns and taking what they want , began the same way the kid/kids on this bus did . Allowing for it while they are young has done nothing for this town. In fact , in my opinion , it has leveled this town. Now we have a bunch of young dumb semi adults running around with guns , because they can. ......It is a cycle , I totally agree.
Lori September 26, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Update: 1 teen expelled, the other enrolled in after-school, the bus driver FIRED! Original report on patch was inaccurate, no altercation! http://westorange.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/oneill-bus-driver-fired-student-expelled-after-recent-bus-incident
GrandmaNj48 September 29, 2013 at 09:23 AM
Lori. Again. They spelled the kid, the other in after-school. My question does that solve the problem? Why they fired the driver? Just a thought: One more student that is on the street of West Orange, that will be committing more crimes or hanging out with drug dealers. Put him to serve the community, plenty of things that he can do and rehab, not dumping him on our STREETS and get more training to rob someone else. Jesus have mercy of us with these administrators


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