RICHMOND -- A Richmond man attacked an 11-year-old special education student on a school bus Thursday because he believed the boy was bullying his son, police said.
It all began when a 9-year-old special education student told his father, later identified as 44-year-old Burnis Hurd, that the older student was picking on him, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. Around 9:11 a.m., Hurd confronted the boy and allegedly assaulted him when the bus arrived to pick up his son in the 900 block of Carlson Boulevard, she added.
Police did not elaborate on the attack, but said the 11-year-old boy had a small cut on his neck that did not require medical attention. After the attack the bus driver continued on to Wilson Elementary School, where the students attend a special education program, police said.
Officers arrested Hurd on suspicion of felony battery later Thursday after the victim reported the attack to school employees, police said. The driver did not report the incident to district officials, Abetkov said.
Hurd was booked into County Jail in Martinez.
A Santa Rosa mother was arrested after she was accused of choking a child who she believed had bullied her daughter earlier this month, but has not been charged with any crime. An attorney for Delia Garcia-Bratcher released a report this week that said a witness reported that Garcia-Bratcher verbally confronted the 12-year-old, but that the child put his own hands on his neck, leaving marks which police later found.
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