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Bus Driver Charged With Letting Students Fight

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ROCHESTER, Pa. (KDKA) – A school bus driver is facing charges after he allegedly encouraged a fight among students instead of trying to stop it.

It happened March 4, when a bomb threat forced an evacuation of all the buildings near the end of the school day.

On an R.J. Rhodes Transit school bus, an 18-year-old girl and a younger boy began fighting.

The bus driver, Braden Hollis, of Baden, allegedly was seen on surveillance video saying “clear the aisle and let them fight.”

New Sewickly Township Police say the girl was later seen talking to the bus driver with blood on her arms. When the bus driver asked if it was hers, she said not, it was from the boy.

In the surveillance video, the boy is seen at the back of the bus with a bloody nose. Hollis calls back to him to see if he is OK, but never goes to check on the boy.

“We are aware of the allegations against Mr. Hollis,” the bus company said in a statement. “Mr. Hollis has not driven for the Freedom School District from the date this incident was first reported … the company can not comment further as the investigation and proceedings move forward.”

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