October 13, 2011 -
A 70-year-old school bus monitor in Florida was caught on tape beating a 14-year-old student.
Yvonne Branch resigned from the Polk County School District in June after administrators began investigating allegations she attacked a young boy while the bus was parked at Lakeland High School. Branch now faces child abuse and battery charges. The state attorney's office released the video which shows Branch hitting the boy and even putting him in a headlock and biting his back. The scuffle began after the boy tossed a younger student over a seat. Branch's attorney says her client understands her behavior was inappropriate but contends no laws were broken because she was defending herself and others.
Polk County Schools says even if she felt threatened, there were other options available to assist her.
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