SALISBURY — In an interesting debate over excessive force and assault versus effective discipline, a federal judge last week ruled in favor of a Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputy sued by a 10-year-old elementary school student after she was briefly handcuffed following a fight on a school bus.
In January 2015, a 10-year old female East Salisbury Elementary School student assaulted another female student on a Wicomico County school bus over an incident that began when the victim stepped on the student’s foot. According to the evidence, the student first pushed the other girl and then began striking the victim with her hands several times. The incident was captured on the bus’s video surveillance and brought to the attention of the school’s administration.
As a result, each of the students was brought to the principal’s office for a review of the incident and possible discipline. The aggressor, identified in court records only as E.W., was told of the seriousness of the incident and that she was suspended from riding the bus for three days. A female Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputy, acting in her role as the school resource officer, was brought in to explain the seriousness of the attack on the school bus, but E.W. showed no remorse and appeared disinterested in any potential punishment, according to court documents.