14-year-old suspect in KCATA bus attack makes first court appearance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tuesday morning, a Jackson County judge told a 14-year-old boy she hopes he'll straighten up his act after the he was charged in assaulting and stabbing a KCATA bus driver on July 13.

The teen, who 41 Action News is not identifying because of his age, was already on probation stemming from a December 2012 incident when he assaulted a police officer.

Video from inside the bus shows the teen and a 20-year-old man repeatedly beating a bus driver, and then stabbing him.

It was all over a dispute about unpaid bus fare.

The man, Lewis Perkins, has also been charged.

It was Perkins' mother who saw the video on the news and turned in both her son and his friend.

The bus driver, who is also an Independence pastor, has had many surgeries and is recovering.

The judge told the teen she would be ashamed for him to be sent to prison for something as trivial as bus fare. She also said since he violated his probation, he could be charged as an adult and face up to 30 years in prison.

Both the teen and Perkins will be back in court within the next few weeks.

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