A mother is facing a battery charge after jumping onto a school bus and brutally attacking a 9-year-old boy. The incident was captured on smartphone video shortly before 5:00 pm local time on February 4. The bus was dropping students off from an elementary school when Patrice Henry, 31, boarded the bus and asked, “Who hit my son?”
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The incident took place on a school bus in New Orleans that was carrying students from Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, Ashley Batiste, the mother of the 9-year-old boy, claims Henry assaulted her child after receiving a phone call saying that Batiste’s son punched Henry’s son, who is in kindergarten.
Henry boarded the bus, asking, “Who hit my son?”
Several students pointed at Batiste’s son, and Henry lunged toward the boy, wrapping her arms around his neck and punching him. She also reportedly slammed the nine-year-old against one of the bus windows.
Batiste says her son was terrified and tried to defend himself, and was left with a bloody nose after the attack.
“You took matters into your own hands and decided to beat on my 9-year-old son!’ said Batiste in an interview. “He was scared for his life, so he tried to fight back!”
Batiste doesn’t just want Henry held accountable for the incident, but the school bus driver as well. She says the driver did nothing to attempt to stop Henry.
“I would like for [the bus driver] to be fired!” Batiste stated. “I don’t think she should be driving any child, because if you allow this parent to get on the bus, who’s to say you’re not going to allow it to happen again?”
First Student, the bus company, says the driver has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident.
Henry was arrested on a simple battery charge.