GREECE, N.Y. (WROC) — A Greece school bus monitor was arrested Wednesday, after police say he choked a student Monday afternoon.
A parent called News 8 Tuesday, saying their 7-year-old son complained of neck pain after arriving home from English Village Elementary School Monday. They said the child told them a bus transportation employee choked him, then tried to apologize, saying “they always play like that.” The child, they said, denied that response.
The district would not comment on specifics, saying only that it learned of the incident Tuesday morning, “immediately began an investigation,” and passed that investigation along to the Greece Police Department.
According to the Greece Police Department, a school resource officer worked with district employees to interview everyone involved. Police say video evidence from the bus was also available to investigators.
Alonzo Peritore, 70, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He’s scheduled to appear in Greece Town Court on June 14.
Officials from the Greece Central School District released the following statement:
This morning, we became aware of an incident that occurred yesterday on a Greece Central bus. The district immediately began an investigation, which has since been turned over to the Greece Police. As is our practice, the employee will be on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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