Pittsylvania County investigating possible choking incident on school bus

Deputies working to identify any student who may have witnessed what happened

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible choking of a student on a school bus.

The Sheriff's Office was made aware of the incident about 11:20 p.m. Monday.

Deputies then met with the victim and parent, which led them to initiate an investigation into the circumstances around the incident. 

Pittsylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Jones said the principal of Gretna Middle School, Carter Lowry, has spoken to some of the students, but it's too early to say whether any students will be disciplined.

Jones said he has seen the video, but when asked what his reaction was, he would only say he followed district protocol and immediately notified the principal.

"I'd encourage parents and students, anything that happens, to notify a principal or a teacher, a guidance counselor, an assistant principal immediately and let them look into it," said Jones.

Currently, deputies are working to identify any student who may have witnessed what happened.

Later in the process, deputies will present their findings to the Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Haskins who will make a determination whether criminal charges should be filed against anyone.

Pittsylvania County School division administrators are assisting the Sheriff's Office with its investigation.

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