July 30, 2014

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Teen charged in bus incident

LORAIN – A 13-year-old boy was transported to the Lorain County Detention Home after he allegedly punched a girl and sprayed cologne in her face Monday on their bus ride home from school.

The boy faces juvenile charges of felonious assault, menacing and resisting arrest after the girl`s mother told a Longfellow Elementary School principal about the alleged attack Wednesday in Lorain.

According to a Lorain police report, the boy began making fun of the girl two weeks before the incident, saying she had lice. He resumed the bullying on the bus Monday, saying she had cancer.

The girl, who suffers from a skin condition, was sitting behind the boy and told him to leave her alone.

He responded by spraying cologne all over her, the report said, and then started to hit her with a closed fist on her forearm, shoulder and face before threatening that his sister would beat her up after school the next day.

By the time the girl got home, the cologne had caused an allergic reaction to her face, which had begun to blister and burn, according to the girl`s mother. As a result, the girl had to be taken to a local hospital, the report said.

When the boy was located by a school resource officer on Wednesday, the boy refused to go to the principal`s office and even threatened to fight the officer, the report said.

He later admitted to making fun of the girl during a Lorain police interview, but denied spraying her with cologne or hitting her, the report said.

Lorain Schools officials could not be reached for comment.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.