Two students charged after school bus fight involving a knife

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

Two middle school students were involved in a fight on a school bus Sept. 20 that resulted in charges being filed.

“The event occurred when the bus was pulling onto Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary property,” Union Township Police Lieutenant Scott Gaviglia said.

Gaviglia said the two students, who had a history of disagreements, began arguing on the school bus.

Gaviglia said a fight began after one student threatened the other, and during the fight that student produced a knife and began waiving it around.

“The knife was recovered and given to the bus driver,” Gaviglia said.

Gaviglia said the student who had pulled out the knife exited the rear of the bus and ran away from the scene on foot.

“It all happened very quickly,” Gaviglia said. “The first officer was on the scene in minutes.”

Gaviglia said they caught up with the student who ran from the scene and took him into custody.

Gaviglia said the student who had the knife was charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, and attempted felonious assault, a felony. He was taken to the Clermont County Juvenile Detention Center.

Gaviglia said the other student was charged with simple assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was released to his parents with a criminal summons.

Gaviglia encouraged students to talk with administrators or other people about issues that could lead to a fight.

“When opportunities allow, conflict should be attempted to be resolved through school administrators,” Gaviglia said about the incident.

West Clermont Local School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Kline said he district is still working through the process and deciding what will be done about the incident.

“Both the police department at the school district are investigating,” Kline said. “The school principal is working through the investigation at this time.”

He said they appreciate all of the help from the Union Township Police Department, and are always concerned about students’ safety while they are in school care.

“The safety of our students remains a critical issue,” Kline said. “We’re working with staff, bus drivers and local authorities to make sure students remain safe.”