MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office told FOX10 two teenage girls who accused a local bus driver of assaulting them after school may face charges.
Investigators said they reviewed surveillance video of the incident, which began on Mobile County school bus, and believe the girls' over-exaggerated their stories.
“After reviewing all the evidence it was apparent that what the children’s say in this case just wasn't reflected by the evidence,” said Sgt. Joe Mahoney with the Mobile County Sheriffs Office.
Haley and Tammie Stapleton told FOX10 on Tuesday October, 9 they were heading home from Mary G. Montgomery High when an argument with the bus driver over uniform violation and the use of a cell phone quickly escalated.
The teens and their mother filed a police report after stating that the bus driver injured their neck, wrist, and ankle during the argument.
“She took her arm right here by her elbow and pushed me against the window and hurt my spinal chord and then it bounced the top of my head against the window,” recalled Haley.
Authorities said Haley’s sister soon got involved in the argument.
Stapleton’s mother took the pair to Springhill Hospital where they were wrapped in bandages and given crutches.
Authorities said video, however, shows the 69-year-old bus driver had minimal physical contact with the students and was following procedure.
In the video, you hear the bus driver ask Stapleton repeatedly to get off her cell phone. Investigators said Stapleton was assigned to sit in the front seat of the bus due to prior behavioral issues.
The driver pulls over and attempts to confiscate the device but Stapleton refuses to let it go.
After a light tug-of-war with the teen’s bookbag, Haley heads to the front of the bus and opens the door to leave.
Video shows the bus driver is then forced to deal with several other students who begin acting out and attempting to get off the bus as well.
At one point in the video, the driver pleads with students to return to their seats.
Authorities believe the teens’ injuries are likely the result of the girls attempting to escape the bus at a stop that was not theirs.
Authorities are deciding whether to charge the girls with filing a false police report.
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