BOISE, Idaho (AP) — School officials in southwestern Idaho have released a video of a school bus driver verbally and physically confronting a 9-year-old student.
The Idaho Statesman reports the video shows the bus driver, whose name has not been released, saying she does not care if she hurts the student as she attempts to pull the child out of a bus seat.
The bus driver has since resigned. The student’s mother, Jennifer Harvey, says the driver called her after the incident and said her son had used a profane word to address the driver and would be “banned” from riding the bus for the remainder of the school year.
Emmett Police are currently investigating the April 12 incident. No charges have been filed.
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The district agreed to release the footage on Tuesday after the student’s mother agreed it could be shared publicly. The district had originally denied a public records request submitted by the Idaho Statesman to release the video.
Emmett Independent School District Superintendent Wayne Rush said in a letter he had concerns about releasing the video and disputed that 9-year-old children can give consent.
“The student did not consent and nine year old children are not able to give consent to have their private information released..,” Rush wrote in a letter that specifically said the Idaho newspaper had not shown proper constraint in protecting the child.
“They do not understand the consequences or the impact of this decision. The responsibility for protecting the privacy of our children rests with the adults and I believe that includes those working at the Statesman,” Rush added.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com