BAMBERG, S.C. -- A teen has been charged with slapping a 5-year-old girl on a school bus.
Tavon Walters, 17, has been charged with misdemeanor assault and given a $1,000 bond.
Walters was already on probation according to WJBF-TV.
The station said police told them Walters juvenile recorded included violence, “things like a baseball bat, a knife…that kind of stuff."
“On the video, it appears that Tavon picked up another girl’s hand– there had been a little alteration of some sort, maybe even at school, and he said that she needed to hit her back– the little girl that was eventually slapped,” said Phyllis Schwarting, Superintendent of Bamberg District One. She said he then picked up the girl’s hand and brought it to the kindergartner’s face and hair maybe three or four times.
There is debate over whether the teen hit the girl hard enough to leave a mark.
Video from the bus shows the girl crying and going to sit in the lap of an older female student.
Schwarting said that older student said there was no slap mark on the little girl's face, “I have no visual proof to suggest that he actually inflicted the slap that is quite obviously on her face,” she told WJBF.