LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District has reported two separate incidents of attacks on bus drivers this week.
Police said Friday that one suspect, 46-year-old Otis Tanner, was arrested on charges of battery on a protected person, burglary, child abuse, and assaulting a school employee.
Tanner has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1998, which includes an attempted murder charge along with three other felony charges, according to court records.
The district received a report of an assault on a driver, also involving an adult, Thursday morning near Tonopah Highway and Vegas Drive. Tanner is facing charges related to the Thursday incident.
The district said CCSD police are also investigating an assault on a bus driver on Wednesday night involving several adults near Boulder Highway and Russell Road.
Police are still investigating both incidents.
Our employees are dedicated to the educational enrichment of students, whether in the classroom, in our lunch areas, or on our school buses. Bus drivers are the first to welcome our students each and every day.
I condemn the violent attack on our bus drivers in the strongest terms. As I have said repeatedly, the Clark County School District will not tolerate attacks on our staff or students by anyone. Once this investigation concludes, these cases will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara
The district recently announced security upgrades being made going into the 2022-23 school year, including improvements to camera systems on all buses.
The school year started on Aug. 8.
Tanner is scheduled to appear in court on Saturday.