PORTLAND – A passerby helped a bus driver get help while being attacked by a student in Clackamas Thursday.
Clackamas County deputies said 38-year-old Jeff Blaser saw a boy assaulting 68-year-old driver Alice Scoggin along SE Sunnyside Road around 9 a.m.
Blaser, a volunteer firefighter, noticed the bus had its emergency lights flashing and horn blaring so he pulled over to see if the driver needed help. He said he saw the Rock Creek Middle School student biting Scoggin and then the student also tried to bite him as he boarded the bus.
"He didn't hit her, but he used his head and teeth, used teeth as a weapon," Blaser said. "He bruised her head and I got knocked in the head a couple times."
Happy Valley police said after they arrived, the boy also tried to bite them.
The driver was bitten several times in the arm and face and hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The student, whom investigators said had autism, was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation.
A school district spokesperson said any disciplinary details were confidential but that the student would not return to class until services could be adjusted to ensure his safety and the safety of those around him.
Police did not say if any charges would be filed in the case.