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Bus driver charged in child cruelty; no bond
Suspect reportedly hit student
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Joseph Ricardo Austin
A Bulloch County special needs school bus driver was arrested Wednesday on child cruelty charges after reportedly striking a child on his bus. According to a statement by Bulloch County Schools spokesperson Hayley Greene, Transportation Director Janet Tanner viewed the bus video and saw driver Joseph Ricardo Austin, 44, of West Jones Avenue, “pull the bus over to a stop, walk to the back of the bus and hit a student.” The student attended the Cedarwood GNETS program alternative school.
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