GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – HFM BOCES school officials say a bus driver caught on camera being harsh to a special needs student will be dismissed from his position.
Last week, the harsh actions of one of their bus drivers was caught on camera and now parents won’t have to worry about him driving the bus again.
Here’s the video from an HFM BOCES bus that transports special needs students to Wildwood school in Schenectady:
The young boy is 11-year-old Cameron who has severe autism. The girl you hear screaming is Julia, who has a rare syndrome causing her to have tantrums and is also on the autism spectrum.
Her mother Sharon Pasquarella says the issues went further than just the bus. Neither Cameron or Julia were picked up by the bus on Tuesday, and Julia has missed three days of school.
Michel says he contacted Gloversville special education to notify Pasqueralla that Julia wouldn’t be picked up and says to his knowledge, that happened.
When asked to confirm, the special education department wouldn’t answer any questions.
“I was very surprised to see that happening,” Pasquarella said. “I was scrolling and I saw the name and I said ‘Oh, that’s Julia’s bus driver.’ Then I clicked on it and I saw what he was doing and my guts just churned. And I heard her screaming and I was very upset.”
Cameron’s mother says HFM BOCES was attempting to suspend him from the bus.
On Wednesday, the superintendent confirmed he has in fact been suspended from riding the bus, but could not elaborate due to legal restrictions.