“What happens on the bus, stays on the bus”: School Bus Driver Sets up TWO Rounds of Teen Fighting

Authorities said Patrice Sanders, 29, of Lakeland, Fla., was driving students home from three different Bartow, Fla. area schools when she spotted two girls arguing in the back of the bus Thursday afternoon.

“This is going to be handled today and they just need to fight,” Sanders reportedly said.

…Sanders allegedly skipped the rest of the bus stops, drove 20 miles to her home, and ordered all 34 students on board to get off the bus. She reportedly even offered the 13-year-old and the 16-year-old who she thought needed to duke it out Vaseline or baby oil so they wouldn’t scratch their faces.

The brawl, which was captured on video by another student, shows the two girls punching, kicking, and pulling each other’s hair. In the recording, one of the girls is seen throwing her opponent into a barbeque grill.

Sanders did not try to stop the fight, and instead stood by and looked on until the two students decided to quit, according to a statement from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Following the fight, Sanders got the students back onto the bus, the statement said. But when the two girls continued to exchange blows, Sanders allegedly pulled over and refereed the second round.

“What happens on the bus, stays on the bus,” Sanders reportedly told the passengers.

Fla. School Bus Driver Charged With Child Abuse For Allegedly Encouraging Fighting Teens. ABC News, 5/11/2013.

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