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Prince George's Co. School Bus Aide Arrested for Assaulting First Grader on Bus

June 11, 2018

By: Eyasu Delesa

A 22-year-old school bus aide has been arrested for physically assaulting a 7-year-old boy on a school bus on Thursday, police say.

DeQuan Brooks of the 9100 block of Cherry Lane in Laurel is charged with Child Abuse and 2nd Degree Assault after video showed Brooks grabbing and shoving the first grader "about the head and neck," according to police.

The bus was headed to the Foundation School in Largo around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. At approximately 8:45 a.m., bus officials called 911 with a report of a disorderly student on the bus. Once on the scene, Prince George's County officers were advised by three adults on the bus that a student had been acting out and had attempted to throw Brooks' cellphone out of a window.  

Officers found no evidence to support the allegation against the student. They also were "never informed that a student had been physically assaulted by Brooks," police report.

On Friday, the following evening, officers were provided with security footage which showed the assault. Officers then reached out the victim's family and informed them of the assault and advised they take their child to a doctor. The child did have bruising on his neck.

Brooks is currently in custody at the Department of Corrections and is being held without bond.  Authorities say this is an ongoing investigation.