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Wake schools bus driver suspended over allegations of abuse

Posted April 30, 2015

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— 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.

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  • Adul Siler May 1, 2015
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    Will just maybe if these children were behaving and sitting down the driver would not have to scream and put them in their seats. Can't complain when your child is not doing what they are supposed to do.

  • Ann Ethridge Apr 30, 2015
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    Driving a bus would be the very last job on this earth that I would want to have. People don't know what they have to endure to ensure that children get to school on time, safely. If only you knew what all went on on school buses. Just keep in mind that students get on the bus as early as 5am and with 56 kids on a bus and one driver with every piece of language you can think of, all types of personality as well as mixed ages, you would want to put your hands on someone too. I am not condoning anything, I am just saying "seek first to understand." There is a reason why there is a shortage of bus drivers. Parents, PLEASE raise your children - or find a way to get them to school!

  • Rebecca Dawson Apr 30, 2015
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    A bus driver should not be placing their hands on children no should profanity be needed. But what is equally necessary is for parents to teach their children respect and to not behave as BRATS on public school transportation. I've followed behind buses and I've seen the behavior of children from every school level. Parents are quick to jump on the school system because they refuse to accept that maybe, just maybe, their child is out of control. As for bus drivers or any public school position, hands off. If you don't know how to handle stressful situations with unruly children, don't work for the school system.

  • Karina Neyra Apr 30, 2015
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    Here the full story http://raleigh.quepasanoticias.com/noticias/ciudad/local/46111-investigan-conducta-de-chofer-de-autobus-por-presunto-maltrato-a-ninos

  • Sammy Macloud Apr 30, 2015
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    Would like to hear what the driver has to say. Very possible kids were acting up and they KNOW they can get folks in trouble just by saying something like this.

    I'm not saying it didn't happen, but more needs to come out. Kids lie, they just do and if the driver was disciplining or something......heck if a kid will call DSS if parents spank them they'll sure do this