JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An HFM BOCES Regional Transportation bus driver was suspended after getting into a verbal altercation with a student.
According to HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel, the bus driver is on administrative leave until a full investigation is completed.
Officials say the disruption occurred on a Tuesday, October 4 morning bus run to Schenectady where the driver pulled off the road on multiple occasions while aides tried to address the situation. On a final occasion, the driver is accused of speaking harshly to a student.
“He yelled at me and poked me and pushed me.”
That’s what 11-year-old Cameron says happened to him.
Cameron’s mother Jodi Green syas if you listen closely to the video, you can hear something even more disturbing.
“In the video he had not only called my son stupid, but right after that he said ‘go hang yourself.'”
The video of the incident was taken by another student on the bus. It was then posted on Facebook by the child’s grandmother Linda Pettit:
The video has garnered thousands of views.
“I wanted it to go viral because I want this bus driver removed from the school district completely,” Pettit said.
Pettit and Green say Cameron has been complaining about the bus since the beginning of the school year.
“Until this little boy was brave enough to take this video and not delete it like they told him to nobody would have known,” Pettit said.
“Now I understand why my son goes to school and his days start out bad and he calls me crying,” Green said. “He begs me mommy please don’t make me get on the bus.”
It’s not a bus ride Cameron will soon forget.
“They said it was my fault. Some stuff is my fault, but not all,” Cameron said.
Dr. Michel issued this statement about the incident:
“The safety and security of all our students and our staff are paramount. After reviewing the onboard camera, I have put the driver on administrative leave until a full investigation into this matter has been conducted. Based upon the results of this investigation, the BOCES will take all appropriate steps to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff in the future.”
In its statement HFM BOCES also says a disruption was caused by another student before the incident seen in the video and the incident was reported to a supervisor. NEWS10 ABC reached out to the superintendent for further comment, but our calls were not returned.