A northwest Atlanta grandmother charged with hitting a boy on the school bus is in jail.
According to the police report, Claudette Peters boarded bus No. 684 on Wednesday and attacked 10-year-old Jason Stephens Jr. because she believed he had bullied her grandson the day before. The police report says Peters went on the bus to talk to the driver, but when she spotted Jason, she hit him.
When the bus came back Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta's WSB-TV spoke with Jason's father.
“The world is just getting crazy, man,” Jason Stephens Sr. said. “I would just want to know what would even give her the audacity to just go on the bus and hit my child just for no reason.”
Stephens took a picture of his son after the attack that shows the boy with a swollen cheek.
Jalceia Rogers' mother gave us permission to talk to her daughter, who saw it happen.
“She came on the bus, then she hit him and he started crying,” Jalceia said.
The bus driver called police. They arrested Peters and charged her with battery.
Jason went to school, but then his mother took him to Atlanta's Grady Hospital.
Stephens said the swelling had gone down by the time Jason had left school to go to the hospital.
Jason reportedly checked out fine and is back home with his mother.
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