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Teen accused of punching 17-year-old at East Nashville bus stop comes forward to apologize

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Posted at 9:20 AM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 10:41:10-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A 16-year-old has come forward to apologize for punching a 17-year-old at a bus stop in East Nashville.

Police said the teen came forward with his father, stating he allowed his emotions to get the best of him after what he called a misunderstanding. The boy said he wanted to apologize to 17-year-old Jackson Darden and his mother.

On November 19, Darden was heading home from school when he said he got in front of the 16-year-old while boarding a WeGo bus. Once on the bus, Darden said the teen continued to give him a hard time.

When he later got off at his stop on Gallatin Avenue, the 16-year-old followed him off and punched him in the face, breaking his glasses.

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Metro police said the case has been passed on to juvenile court for mediation. Darden's family agreed with the decision.