Newport News school bus assistant assault charge dropped

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A bus assistant was charged after an incident on a school bus.

Linda Ann Smith

On May 22, a report was filed about a past assault on a 12-year-old student that took place on a Newport News Public Schools bus back on May 18, police said.

It was reported that the victim was upset over an altercation he had with two other students. The victim was frustrated and began kicking the wall next to his seat.

The school bus assistant, identified as 48-year-old Linda Ann Smith, approached the 12-year-old victim to try and stop him from kicking.

Warrants were served on Smith and she was arrested on May 31. She was charged with Assault and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

On October 17 Smith's assault charge was nolle prossed and she was found guilty of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. She will serve no time behind bars.

A spokesperson with NNPS sent News 3 the following statement:

Newport News Public Schools takes reports of staff misconduct very seriously. Upon learning about the incident involving a bus assistant, school officials immediately launched an investigation in cooperation with Child Protective Services.

The bus assistant involved in this incident is no longer employed with Newport News Public Schools.