School resource officer attacked on Lenoir County school bus details what happened

School resource officer attacked on Lenoir County school bus details what happened

Deputy Chris Little says he is glad none of his students were hurt in Wednesday's school bus fight.

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A Lenoir County deputy sheriff who was attacked two days ago on a school bus is back on the job today.

Deputy Chris Little had to get 18 staples to close a wound to the back of his head.

Graphic Warning: The photo below shows the severity of the injury suffered by Deputy Little.

Little is a school resource officer at the Lenoir County Learning Academy, an alternative school at the Baptist Children’s Home on Kennedy Home Road.

It happened Wednesday morning as the deputy was trying to break up a fight. Two students, a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old, have been charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, resisting arrest, and damage to county property.

Little and Sheriff Jackie Rogers spoke to reporters this morning.

Little says he tried to break up the fight and was injured when his head hit a window frame inside the bus.

“So when I had the students trying to keep them in the seat, the student was able to use their legs and kick off the one side of the bus which sent all three of us flying off to the other side,” Little said. “I was on bottom because I had ahold of both the students and my head went into the window, the metal window frame.”

The deputy says he tried to use restraining tactics to stop the fight.

“I’m happy that I was the only one to sustain injuries and that none of my students sustained any injuries during this incident,” says Little. “I still plan to work at the Learning Academy. I love my kids over there and will continue to work there.”

In fact, after being released from ECU Health Medical Center, Little went back to the school for about 30 minutes due to numerous texts he received from teachers while in the hospital.

The deputy says he was surprised by the reception. “Got swarmed by students immediately, staff was all there. And I think that goes to the impact of having the sheriff’s office at the Learning Academy,” the deputy says.

Sheriff Rogers says the 16-year-old boy remains in a juvenile detention center, while the 12-year-old was released to their mother.

“We’re looking at doing some different stuff on the school buses, and things like that, but basically it was a single incident. We haven’t had a problem with that this year or in the past,” said the sheriff.

Little has been in law enforcement since 2016, and with Lenoir County for two years.

Deputy Christopher Little received 18 staples in his head after responding to a fight between students.

Deputy Christopher Little received 18 staples in his head after responding to a fight between students.

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