A 13 year-old student has been admitted to the LBJ Hospital in American Samoa with a dislocated spine after she was allegedly beaten by a public school bus driver.
The driver has been arrested and charged.
It's alleged the driver used a piece of timber to repeatedly hit the girl's head.
The victim and another student had been ordered off the bus after they had been fighting.
The 13 year-old received a dislocated spine and may need surgery to prevent possible paralysis.
The defendant is on bail on a charge of disturbing the public peace, but additional charges are expected.