School district clarifies bus driver 'assault'
By: News Tribune staff, Pine Journal
The Cloquet school district e-mailed parents and staff Monday to clarify the assault allegations facing a former school bus driver.
The Cloquet Police Department said Friday that it is looking into an alleged assault by a school bus driver against a first-grader.
“The driver is being investigated for allegedly pulling the hair of a first grader or doing some similar action to gain compliance with his directives to the student,” Superintendent Ken Scarbrough wrote in the e-mail. “There is no allegation being investigated in this case of such an assault as sexual fondling or beating of a child. At this time, the investigation is not completed, and no charges have been filed.”
According to Cloquet police, the incident under investigation allegedly occurred Thursday. The student did not require medical attention and his parents were notified by police of the allegations.
The Cloquet Transit Company fired the bus driver, police said.
Once the police investigation is complete, it will be sent to the city attorney’s office to see if charges are warranted.