AS REPORTED IN THE LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL:
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.
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