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Fayette bus monitor is hurt in scuffle among students

A Fayette County school bus monitor was taken to a hospital Wednesday after she tumbled out of the bus during a scuffle among several student riders, Fayette County schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said.

The bus was taking 12 to 15 children home from Martin Luther King Academy when verbal sparring among some students led the bus driver to pull over on Seventh Street to separate them, Deffendall said. The situation escalated, becoming physical, and the children, who were scuffling near the front door of the bus, as well as the monitor, fell out of the vehicle, she said.

Police and an ambulance were called to the scene. The bus monitor, who lost consciousness, was transported to St. Joseph Hospital East. She was released from the hospital later in the day, Deffendall said.

Four to five students thought to have been involved in the scuffle ran from the scene. Parents were contacted to pick up other students.

An investigation into the matter has been launched, and the school will be taking "swift and appropriate disciplinary action" depending on the outcome, Deffendall said.