(10TV) — COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus City Schools bus driver was off the job on Monday after allegedly telling a student to strike a young boy.

According to police, bus driver Brenda Abdul-Mateen was driving along Eakin and Salisbury roads at about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, when she allegedly stopped the bus and instructed a Highland Elementary student to strike a 9-year-old boy.

Police announced Monday that they charged Abdul-Mateen, 58, with contributing to the delinquency or unruliness of a child.

Abdul-Mateen, who has been a bus driver with the district for 11 years, said that she regretted the incident, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.

“I know it was wrong,” Abdul-Mateen said. “I let them girls hit him. I knew it was wrong, but he was just a typical bully.”

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