Saturday, April 17, 2004

Student charged with assault in beating on bus

The Associated Press

LONDON - A high school student taped by a school bus video camera punching a younger boy 27 times is under house arrest on a juvenile charge of felonious assault, authorities said.

The tape showed Terry Mahoney, 17, standing over a 14-year-old middle school student who was slumped in a seat as he was struck March 31. The bus was parked outside Madison-Plains High School before school, Madison County Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Price said Friday.

The younger boy suffered a concussion and a fractured eye socket, said his mother, Kim Sifrit.

The altercation lasted less than a minute.

In a written police statement, bus driver Ernie Hines said he noticed the fight in his rearview mirror. He yelled at the boys to stop fighting, radioed the high school principal for help, then got between the boys to break them apart.

The school board will hold a hearing Tuesday to decide on discipline for Mahoney.

If convicted, Mahoney would face a minimum of one year in juvenile detention. At most, he could be held in custody until he turns 21.

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