JAMES CITY COUNTY VA - A BUS DRIVER ASKED AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY TO WALK A YOUNGER CHILD FROM THE BUS TO HIS HOME AND....A PIT BULL CHARGED OUT OF THE DOOR AND ATTACKED THE 11-YEAR-OLD
(WAVY) — A bus driver is on the hot seat after a PIT BULL attacked an 11-year-old student on the ride home.
The attack happened Tuesday on the 100 block of Belmont Drive in James City County. Kevin Funderburk, a 5th grade student at Stonehouse Elementary School, needed six stitches, according to his family.
The Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools say a bus driver asked the boy to escort a younger student to her home, which is against policy. Police say the dog attacked when the students opened the front door.
“The dog jumps out and jumps on his chest and bites him in his face,” said Shauna Funderburk. “He ran screaming and the neighbor heard him three doors down. She came and helped him put a rag on his face.”
To make matters worse, the school confirms Kevin got back on the bus and was taken home without the driver notifying the school or parents.
“Why wasn’t the police called? Why did you let my son ride the bus home with his face bleeding? No first aid was administered,” said Mrs. Funderburk.
“There is an expectation that if something happens on our bus for student and for driver safety that dispatch is immediately notified,” said Betsy Overkamp-Smith, Williamsburg-JCC Public Relations Director. “Our procedure was not followed in this instance. Another child should never have been asked to walk a kindergarten student to their home … this child should have never been put in that position.”
Overkamp-Smith says the bus driver is in trouble, but she wouldn’t say what disciplinary action is being taken.
Meantime, Kevin’s parents say they have yet to hear from the school system about how they’re going to prevent this from happening to someone else.
“I don’t really like to see anybody lose their job, but l am not comfortable with her driving my kids,” said Mr. Funderburk.
James City County police say they have charged the pit bull’s owner, 36-year-old Fred Pettit, for having a dangerous or vicious dog and not having the pet properly vaccinated.
Police say the pit bull is quarantined at Pettit’s home and not to be let outside unsupervised.