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Controversy Brews Over Student/Administrator Incident
A controversy is brewing in the town of Taylorville. It's about an incident involving a student, an administrator, and a physical altercation.
We spoke with Joseph Gatton about an incident that occurred on a school bus at the junior high last week. He said it involved a physical altercation between his stepson and a Taylorville School District administrator.
Gatton says his fourth-grade stepson was riding the bus home with his older sister, when the boy threw a plastic key out the window. A school administrator then reportedly got on the bus to approach him for throwing the key, and proceeded to, as Gatton put it, poke the boy in the chest and grab him by the shirt.
"We received a complaint of an altercation that happened," Taylorville Chief of Police Dave Herpstreith said. "We've opened an investigation into it. There was a report of a minor injury, but nothing life-threatening or needing medical treatment."
"I watched the video, the bus video, and you can see him poking him one time, but my boy, he lost his balance and slid down on the floors, and so I had to go by what my son said and what the other witnesses have said," said Gatton.
Gatton tells us the boy has a bruise on his chest from where the administrator touched him.
The superintendent of Taylorville Public Schools assured us Tuesday afternoon that they are looking into the incident, and if anything occurred out of the ordinary, the school would take appropriate, effective, and prompt action.
Taylorville Police are not releasing the name of the administrator, as charges have not yet been filed.