Kenosha Area Transit has released the two-minute video of bus driver Scott Wells being punched by a teenage passenger — and his response to the attack, which led to his firing.
Wells was picking up students at Tremper High School on Jan. 17 when a 15-year-old student came to the front of the bus and punched him twice in the face. Wells got up from his seat and went back after the teen, who has since turned 16.
They ended up on the floor of the bus, and Wells landed several punches. The bus crashed into several cars while the driver tussled with the student.
The boy’s mother asked police to press charges against Wells. He has not been charged, but he was let go from his employment with the city. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998, which represents the city’s bus drivers, has filed a grievance over Wells’ firing, seeking his reinstatement.
The boy was charged in juvenile court with battery to a transit worker and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, both felonies, and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. He is next due in court Feb. 18.
Wells is waiting out the grievance process to see if he will get his job back. They are currently at the last step of the process, where the union will meet with the city administrator about Wells’ firing.
Rick Bassler, acting president of Local 998, said Wells was angry about being punched and was defending himself. He said Wells has no other incidents on his record.