Bus driver charged with child abuse after altercation with a student

David Blanchard charged with child abuse.

David Blanchard charged with child abuse. (Photo: Lakewood Police Department)

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Friday afternoon an altercation occurred between a bus driver and a 12-year-old student at Bear Creek K-8 School according to Lakewood police.

The altercation began when the student cut in front of the other students to get on the school bus, a statement from the Lakewood Police said.

The student was asked by another staff member to leave the bus so the other students could get on. After this the student refused and cussed at the staff member.

The bus driver, David Blanchard, asked the student again to leave the bus.

According to the police statement, the student complied and had a conversation with the staff member before he was able to get back on the bus.

The bus driver was addressing the students later when the same student began yelling and howling disrupting the driver, the statement said.

At this point, another altercation occurred and escalated to a physical confrontation.

Another student tried to break up the two and other student witnesses are cooperating with the investigation, Lakewood police said.

The student was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center by the Lakewood Police Department and may face harassment charges.

He suffered several scratches and abrasions and the student who broke up the altercation was not injured.

David Blanchard was a substitute driver for Jefferson County School District and was charged with child abuse and released on a summons, according to Lakewood Police.

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