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Bus driver accused of assaulting two students

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A Prince William County school bus driver is accused of assaulting two students who were riding on her bus.

Authorities charged Minnie Pearl McBride, 49, of Woodbridge, with two counts of assault and battery.

Authorities said McBride on Friday assaulted a 10-year-old student and 12-year-old student. The bus was parked at Independent Hill School in Manassas, which is a school for special needs children. No injuries were reported.

The arrest of yet another Prince William County employee hired to protect children is sending concern through this community.

“I don’t think it’s fair for the students to have to deal with that,” said Theresa Nicol, parent.

School officials say McBride resigned on Monday. She has been a bus driver in the county since 2007.

“We don’t know what kind of bus drivers they hire or their background so that’s scary for the community,” said Millie Deya, parent.

Although McBride is being charged, authorities aren’t revealing exactly what happened on the school bus that led to these charges.

Police say there were witnesses, but school officials wouldn't say if the witnesses were other students.

Although this incident is unrelated, Prince William County school officials said a few days ago that they are reassessing their hiring procedures after sexual misconduct charges have been filed against four teachers in the past month.

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