Lufkin ISD bus driver allegedly attacked by student

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - (KTRE) - A Lufkin ISD bus driver is back to work after the district says a student attacked her Wednesday.

The driver was on her route to take a Lufkin State Supported Living Center resident back to the Pollok facility. According to Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight, the high school student has a severe mental disability. The student apparently began choking the long-time bus driver. The district said the driver pulled over to the side of the road and maintained her composure while a bus monitor worked to get the student off the driver.

"We spend a lot of time with our drivers in training to assure the safety of our kids, but you never actually prepare them for an assault like this," said Knight. "Her actions speak to the quality of a human being she is that while her own safety was at risk she saw that children were never endangered."

The driver returned to work the following day and suffered no serious injuries.

"If there were bronze stars for bus drivers she'd be receiving one," Knight said.

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