A DeSoto County bus driver is currently under administrative leave after a video surfaced online depicting the driver denying children their exit from the bus, WLBT reports.
The incident, recorded in the Braybourne subdivision in Olive Branch, occurred when students were returning home from Center Hill Elementary School. Parents’ concerns grew when the bus was delayed by around 40-45 minutes from its regular schedule.
The footage shows the children growing visibly upset on the bus, while the driver refused to let them exit. One segment of the video, which has been shared nearly five thousand times on Facebook, captures a children exiting the bus through the windows.
Misty Grubbs, a parent, took to Facebook Live to capture the scene. According to student accounts, the halt was instigated by a student calling their parent via cell phone, against the driver’s instructions.
Parents have voiced their concerns over the safety of their children in the DeSoto School District after the incident. Anna-Marie Tyler, a parent, emphasized the importance of feeling secure when sending children to school. Many are frustrated with the school district’s delayed response, taking an entire day to address their grievances. As a precaution, several parents have decided to personally drive their children to school instead of using the bus service.
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