Posted 5:35 PM 2/29/2012 : Conflicting reports emerge over bus stop fight
The story that parents are telling News 5 is markedly different from what the police department is saying about a fight that happened Wednesday morning at a school bus stop in Colorado Springs.
The altercation happened at the intersection of E. San Miguel Street and Delaware Drive across the street from the Santa Fe Apartments, where the woman reportedly lives.
The students were being bussed to the Galileo School of Math and Science. District 11 spokesperson Devra Ashby said the driver had arrived just as the fight was breaking up. He quickly gathered the students onboard and left the area.
"When he found out what was happening, he took the students to the next location where he had access to a school and to other people if he needed to," Ashby said.
Police and paramedics were sent to Queen Palmer Elementary where the driver had stopped. According to Ashby, three girls were sent to the hospital with minor injuries and two boys were charged with assault.
However, Sam Rice tells News 5 his son was also hurt.
"A lady attacked some of the kids and they were defending themselves against her and trying to break it up," Rice said. "Two of mine got involved and one of them has been in the hospital for x-rays. He got his arm stomped on."
Rice said his boys weren't the ones who were charged. He also says they must now seek out a medical specialist to determine whether his son's arm was broken.
Police department spokesperson Barbara Miller said the woman is currently considered the victim. The police haven't officially determined who started the fight. The names of the boys who were charged are being kept confidential because they are juveniles.
District 11 security guards supervised the afternoon drop off. The bus stop location had also been moved a block away.
Posted 3:10 PM 2/29/2012 : Girls were hurt trying to break up fight at bus stop
Three girls were hurt trying to stop a fight that broke out this morning at a school bus stop between two of their classmates and a woman in the community. The students attend the Galileo School of Math and Science in Colorado Springs School District 11 and were waiting for the bus near E. San Miguel St. and Delaware Dr. when apparently two boys and the woman began fighting.
When the bus arrived, the driver quickly gathered all of the students onboard and drove them out of the area. D11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby says it's unclear who started it the fight, but says the driver's quick thinking kept things from getting worse.
"So when he found out what was happening he took the students to the next location where he had access to a school and to other people if he needed to," Ashby said.
The girls were all taken to the hospital with minor injuries and Ashby says one of them was even able to return to class later in the day. The boys have both been charged with assault.
The woman reportedly lives in the area. However, her role in the altercation remains unclear.