Police: Driver assaulted on Richmond school bus

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Police and Richmond Public Schools are investigating a morning assault on a Richmond school bus.

Police were called to Idlewood and Sheppard Streets Tuesday morning to investigate "an altercation that occurred on a Richmond Public Schools bus where the bus driver was assaulted," Richmond Police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh wrote in an email.

Schools spokeswoman Felicia Cosby told the Richmond Times Dispatch that the Albert Hill Middle School bus driver suffered facial injuries and was taken to the hospital for observation.

"We are taking this matter seriously and are working expeditiously with the Richmond Police Department to conduct a full investigation," Cosby said in an email to CBS 6. "Once we complete our investigation, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The safety and security of both our students and staff are paramount to our mission of promoting student achievement. The alleged misconduct will not be tolerated and those who exhibit such conduct will meet swift and appropriate discipline."

One student was detained by police, Waugh said. No students were injured.

In a message sent to Albert Hill Middle School parents, the school system asked they speak  to their children about school bus behavior.

"To ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff while en route to and from school, we ask that students remain in their seats, refrain from throwing objects, and speak quietly during the bus ride. Thank you for your assistance as we continue to look into this matter," the message read.