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Marshall school bus driver 'not OK, but surviving' after alleged beating

By Hannah DeClerk East Texas Community Newspapers
Nov. 9, 2010 at 6 p.m.


MARSHALL - Harold Singleton, a 70-year-old bus driver who was allegedly beaten by a parent last Friday, said Tuesday he was still recovering from the assault.

"I am not OK, but I am surviving. My doctor is here in town and looking out for me," Singleton said during a phone interview. He said he is still suffering from blurred vision.

John Dale Johnson, 34, of Marshall, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with injury to the elderly, according to Marshall police reports.

Singleton was pulling out of J.H. Moore Elementary when his bus was blocked by another vehicle about 4 p.m. An adult entered the bus, and reportedly attacked Singleton. The incident was witnessed by several Marshall ISD students. After the attack, Singleton was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall. Johnson was later arrested in connection with the incident.

"I just thought he was a concerned parent. I have had parents come up and talk before," said Singleton. "I opened the door to answer a question, and that is the last thing I remember."

Johnson told a local television station that prior to the assault, Singleton had assaulted his child, giving him a bloody lip.

"The boy was on the bus, I let him off at home like I was supposed to, and that is all I am going to say," said Singleton.

Singleton said he is upset about the amount of students who were forced to witness the violence.

"It disturbs me that we have a parent do what he did in front of little kids on the bus," said Singleton. "There were kindergarten, first, second and third grade kids who did not deserve to be traumatized in that way."

No children were injured and those on the bus were taken to J.H. Moore's cafeteria until another bus and driver arrived to take them home. 

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