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Five Juvenile Suspects Charged In Dover School Bus Assault

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DOVER, Del. - A brutal attack on a Kent County school bus, caught on tape.  Now, the five students from Parkway Academy-Central, an alternative school in Dover,  involved in this disturbing 30 second video (including the one behind the camera) face 3rd degree assault and 3rd conspiracy charges.

Dover Police say they caught wind of the attack the same way many others did...on the Internet.
 
"We caught it on our online social media networks, specifically Facebook.  We saw that it was quickly trending in the Kent County/Dover area," says Cpl. Mark Hoffman, spokesperson for the Dover Police Department.

The clip, originally posted Tuesday, allegedly by one of the teens involved, has been pulled from the web, but another version put up on Facebook just Wednesday, apparently as a cry for help by the victim's uncle, has been shared more than 14,000 times (as of 11:50, Thursday night).

While police call the celebration of violence concerning, they admit, criminals' excitement to show off their wrongdoings is actually helping them get caught.

"Everybody's using social media/Internet now a days, including criminals and when you do that it certainly does leave a nice trail for us to follow," says Cpl. Hoffman.

Peppering the comments section on the video, questions of whether or not the bus driver should also be held accountable.  According to Cpl. Hoffman, "she'll likely be interviewed by the investigating officer in the coming days.  I know we're looking into her actions, or the actions she may not have taken.  We have to evaluate what road it was on...if she had enough time to pull over..."

Parkway Academy-Central released a statement, saying:

Parkway Academy-Central is deeply saddened and concerned by the recent incident that took place on Tuesday involving an act of violence by some of our students on one of our school buses. We have identified the students involved, have been in communication with all families, and have been working closely with both Dover Police and local school districts to process appropriate disciplinary action and ensure that all of our students are safe. Currently, the school bus driver has been placed on administrative leave pending results of the investigation into this incident. As the highest performing alternative school in Delaware, Parkway Central has a proven track record of helping to successfully transform hundreds of at-risk youth to make better, more positive decisions. This includes working with a small student to staff ratio, strong disciplinary and restorative practices and evidenced-based counseling for all students. Our dedicated staff are committed to teaching, modeling, and holding youth accountable for their actions. The safety of our students is our absolute priority in addition to transforming their lives.

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