Bus Driver Loses Job After Assaulting Student For Using N-Word

| by Michael Allen

Colleton County, South Carolina school bus driver Terris Devon Richard was arrested and charged with simple assault and battery on Oct. 27 for allegedly slamming a student’s head into a window on the bus, issuing death threats to the student and his family, and vowing to drag the boy into the school by his neck until he breaks his wind pipe, after the student used the N-word.

According to the police report, the 15-year-old boy greeted one of his friends on the bus with, “What up, my (N-word)?" That's when Richard went ballistic.

When Colleton County authorities responded to the incident, they saw the student, who is white, crying with red marks around his neck. As a result of the incident, Richard, who is black, was fired from his bus driver position.

When reached by CBS Charlotte, Richard declined to comment: “I don’t want to talk about it. I haven’t been to court yet. I’m hanging up now.”

Richard did tell WCSC that he reported the student several weeks earlier for a previous instance where the boy said the word around him, but nothing was done. Witnesses on the bus have indicated that a school employee was indeed riding on the bus at the time of alleged incident.