Florida school bus driver beaten up by enraged parents

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 22, 2014 

From the Palm Beach Post via the Miami Herald:

From the day he first started driving a bus for the Palm Beach County School District in 2008, Joseph Beauzile has told the children to stand in single file while they get off at their stop. Last week, when Beauzile closed the bus door while he waited for the Westward Elementary students to do so, three parents became enraged and charged at the 40-year-old driver.

“She jumped on me, trying to get control of the steering wheel,” Beauzile recalled Monday afternoon. “I can’t let her get control of the bus.”

Beauzile battled the three parents for about 15 minutes, while at the stop at Executive Center Drive and Presidential Way, and struggled to not only protect himself but the children on the bus.

“It was very hard for me,” Beauzile, of West Palm Beach, said. “I got beaten by the parents.”

Since the April 14 attack — which prompted Beauzile’s co-workers to set up a protest in front of district headquarters Monday — two of the three allegedly involved have been arrested. Shacaurra Burns, 25, and Ryan Beckford, 33, were arrested Saturday on charges of trespassing, battery and child abuse. When reached by phone Monday, Burns declined to comment. Beckford was unable to be reached because he is still at the Palm Beach County Jail.

School district spokesman Owen Torres said West Palm Beach Police are searching for one more person involved, who according to police documents is Jean Bertrand, 33.

“We see the drivers are upset after the recent incident. We take the safety of our drivers very seriously,” said Mike Burke, the school district’s chief operating officer.

Go to pbpost.com for the full story.

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