Officials confirm student hit by CMS teacher while walking to bus


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — CMS officials have confirmed that a high school teacher hit a student while she was walking to her bus.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools say that the school bus was stopped with the safety arms out and lights on when Walter Coney Ellerbe, a social studies teacher at Garinger High School, hit 16-year-old Rikay’a Hayes. 

Ellerbe has been a teacher with the school for nearly three years. 

The incident happened at the corner of Kimmerly Glen Road and Keyway Blvd. in east Charlotte on Tuesday. 

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Hayes reportedly suffered minor injuries during the incident. According to Hayes’ mother, Ellerbe “hit her hard enough to break his side view mirror and knock her to the ground.” 

Police have not yet said if Ellerbe will be charged, and regarding his employment status at the school, CMS would only say he is a full-time employee. 

Drivers in all vehicles should always be aware of and look out for students and school buses at bus stops and while in transit, CMS said. 

The district said they will continue to work with students and drivers on school bus safety, and ask parents to talk with their students, review school bus stop safety, look both ways before crossing streets and encourage caution every day. 

CMS said they will continue to work with law enforcement to support aggressive investigation of and maximum penalties for vehicle-related incidents that threaten the safety of students and staff.

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