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Manin accused of confronting 6-year-old day before he went on bus

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Police say two weeks ago Chris Manin, pulled an eight-year-old off a school bus, a child who was having a disagreement with Manin's son.

Action news has learned that Manin is now accused of threatening a six-year-old child the day before the incident on the school bus.

Manin's ex-wife defends his actions.

The two counts of simple assault facing Chris Manin have to do with his reported altercations with two kids, ages 6 and 8. Kids that Manin believed were bullying his child.

Manin went on a school to confront the 8 year old. The day before Manin went on the bus he went into the school to talk to one of the kids that he says was bullying his son.

That child was the six year old. The child's mother tells action news that Manin threatened and hit her son.

Manin's ex-wife tells action news that did not happen.

"No, that's not something he would do to a child," Marcia Manin said. "Or to anyone he hadn't done that. We home schooled our children and he taught them right from wrong."

"If an adult hit a child," Manin said. "That would be something they would addressed right then and there, not the day after."

Whether Chris Manin hit the child or not; did confronting the child go too far? I asked his ex-wife whether she thinks it's a good idea for an adult to physical confront a suspected bully.

"To me personally he did not go to extreme lengths because we had went to the school initially and asked them to address the matter," Marcia Manin said.

Chris and Marcia Manin were supposed to meet with the state's attorney yesterday to watch the video from the school bus together, but that meeting has not yet happened.

The superintendent of the school declined to speak on camera, but he says the school does have policies in place for such situations and he says the incident was handled appropriately.

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