School bus incident poses obstacle for Wake investigators
Investigators are taking a careful approach determining whether to file charges against a Wake County school bus driver accused of slapping a 5-year-old boy with special needs.Posted — Updated
“The investigation is ongoing. We’re trying to make sure we uncover the right things,” Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Wednesday. “We’re not saying it didn’t happen. We’re not saying it did happen. We want to gather as much information as we can.”
Mark Tourscher says his son, Cory, and another child were playing on a bus from Wendell Elementary School Friday afternoon when the driver hit Cory.
Harrison said the case has an unusual set of circumstances – the children’s ages, the fact that they were the only two students on the bus, and the fact that both have special needs – and that investigators don’t want to make any mistakes.
“It doesn’t hamper us, but it throws an obstacle in the way,” he said. “We don’t want to jump to any conclusions. It’s a case that has a lot of emotion to it, but we don’t want to get involved in the emotions.”
Michael Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, says Gill, who’s been a bus driver for the district for two years, is on paid suspension, pending the outcome of internal and criminal investigations.