District: Boy choked 6-year-old girl with her scarf on school bus

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A 6-year-old girl was choked on a school bus while on her way home from school Tuesday afternoon, according to the Longwood Central School District.

The district says a male student pulled the girl's scarf from behind on a school bus coming from Charles E. Walters Elementary School in Yaphank. News 12 was told Tuesday night that up to three young boys may have yanked on the scarf, and the girl wound up on the floor.

The Suffolk Transportation bus company says the driver pulled over, opened the girl's jacket to help her breathe and then called a dispatcher, who called 911.

The girl was in the hospital overnight for observation and is now in good condition.

"We are pleased to hear that the child was not seriously injured and our thoughts are with the student and their family," the district said in a statement Wednesday. "The students involved are very young elementary children, and while this type of behavior is never appropriate, it is our understanding that there was never any malicious intent."

The district says it is reviewing video footage from the bus and interviewed students who were on board at the time.

Some people have called for adult monitors to be added to school buses, especially for younger children. News 12 reached out to a district spokesperson about the idea. She said the district has no comment at this point, because parents haven't brought it to the school's attention.

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