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Assault on swim team bus leads to charges

The boys swim team from Great Bend High School had gone to Manhattan for a swim meet, and they were driving back home to Grand Bend, Kansas, when an alleged assault took place on the school bus. Now, the Barton County attorney has decided to move forward with charges of battery and criminal restraint. The charges are being given to a juvenile, who is under 18 years old, and boy's name has not been released.

The incident in question happened on Feb 6. According to reports, some members of the team have already been convicted. A 17-year-old got misdemeanor battery charges, with sentencing set for next month. A 16-year-old was also sentenced for misdemeanor battery, and he got probation.

Details on the case are slim, but it appears that a 14-year-old boy was the target of the assault. Reports indicate that the whole thing started as normal horseplay on the bus, but things quickly got out of hand, ending with multiple members of the team attacking the younger boy.

Other reports indicate that the victim's parents have decided to sue. Among others, they are suing the school board and the bus driver. The suit claims that the boy suffered both physically and emotionally. The suit is also aimed at the parents of the other boys, who were charged in the assault.

In situations involving groups of young people, details can be hard to obtain and reports can differ from one source to the next. It's important for those facing charges to know what legal defense options they have and to remember that they deserve a fair trial.

Source: KSNT, "Charges filed in over Kansas swim team assault on school bus," June 08, 2016

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