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Bus Driver Accused of Attacking Student

Updated: Tuesday, October 8 2013, 09:52 PM CDT
MOBILE CO. Ala. (WPMI) A Mobile County Schools resource officers are again investigating claims an employee was involved in a physical confrontation with a student.

The latest allegations accuse a bus driver of attacking a student.

Molly Stapleton's daughter Haley said the girl's phone was what prompted an argument between her and the driver. She said the driver told her she would be written up because she was not wearing the proper attire. The teen said she called her mother to let her know she was being written up.  That's when she claims the driver demanded she hand over the phone.

"The bus driver says, 'Hand me your damn phone,'" the mother said, 'She says, 'No.'"

"She was like, 'Get off your damn phone,'" Haley added, "I was like, 'No, you're not touching me.'"

"For a third time, she says, Give me the damn 'effing' phone,'" the mother recalled overhearing, "In the process [she] takes her forearm and sticks it in the back of the child's neck."

Haley said her head was pinned against a window so hard, she had to go to the hospital.

"She made me hurt the spinal cord in my neck and gave me a concussion," she said.

Investigators are hoping to speak to other students who were on the bus and may have witnessed what happened.

"They will look at the video tape, which they have," district spokesperson Nancy Pierce said, "I am not allowed to show you [the video] right now because of the investigation continuing and they will make a decision from there."

In the meantime, the driver is still on the job. She made her regularly scheduled stop at the end of the Stapleton's street just before they granted an interview to Local 15 News.

When asked if she would let her children ride the bus again, Stapleton replied, "If they have a different bus driver, yeah; if they don't, they're not getting back on that bus."

Pierce said she expected the investigation to be concluded by the end of the week.Bus Driver Accused of Attacking Student


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