Wake schools bus driver suspended over allegations of abuse
Posted April 30, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County public schools bus driver has been suspended with pay after parents made allegations of abusive behavior toward their children, officials said Thursday.
The driver, whose name was not released, is reporting to work and performing non-driving duties, said Lisa Luten, spokeswoman with the Wake County Public School System.
The bus route serves Apex and Salem elementary schools. Luten said there have been “disciplinary issues” with students on the bus.
The allegations are under investigation, she said.
Gabriela Perez, who has two children who ride the bus, said problems began with the driver about a month ago. She said the driver yelled and used profanity with the students.
Other parents talked to WRAL’s media partner Que Pasa, a Spanish-language newspaper. Olivia Mondragón, one of the mothers who made the complaint to the school authorities, told the newspaper that the driver grabbed her 6-year-old son by the neck to get him to sit in place.