St. Louis-area cyclist assaulted by student in school bus

A bicyclist was assaulted yesterday by a St. Louis public schools student who leaned from a school bus window and struck the cyclist with a broom handle. The assault was accompanied by a roar of laughter from students in the bus.

St. Louis police have issued a complaint number for assault in the third degree. The police indicated that officers assigned to the St. Louis public schools will work to identify the students involved.

The attack is reminiscent of a series of recent attacks in northern Colorado, in which teenagers drove by cyclists and struck them with a baseball bat. The teenagers involved in that incident have been apprehended and charged with a variety of crimes, included felony assault.