Idaho mom says special needs son assaulted by bus driver, police investigating
EMMETT, Idaho (KBOI) - Police in Emmett are investigating a mother's claim that her nine-year-old son with special needs was physically assaulted by his school bus driver.
The alleged incident happened on the afternoon of April 12 in the parking lot of Shadow Butte Elementary School.
Jennifer Harvey told KBOI her son, who has a sensory perception disorder, was assaulted moments after getting onto the school bus to go home for the day.
Now, more than a month later, Harvey said she is not satisfied with what has been done about it.
"We asked several times to see the tape," said Harvey. "It took about a week to see the tape. At that point we were able to actually verify what happened to our son."
Harvey said in the video she saw her son get onto the bus and walk directly to his seat.
"The second he sat down in that seat she immediately was screaming he had to move up front," said Harvey.
Then, Harvey said the bus driver walked back to her son's seat and picked him up by his backpack.
"I do remember her counting before she grabbed him and then she grabbed him up from the window side into the aisle. She said 'I don't even care if I hurt you.'"
Harvey claims in the video her son fell on the floor, where he laid for several minutes while the bus driver went back up front. Shortly after, Harvey said her son was removed from the bus.
Immediately after seeing the video for herself, Harvey said she filed a police report.
"To our knowledge, no one had filed a complaint or anything about the incident. Which to us as parents was not an appropriate way to handle the situation."
KBOI reached out to Emmett Independent School District's Superintendent Wayne Rush. He said the day after the incident the school bus driver in question put in her resignation.
She had been a bus driver in the district since August 1998.
Rush said he is in contact with the police about what happened.
Emmett police said they are investigating this incident, but at this point no charges have been pressed.
KBOI has filed a public information request for a copy of the school bus video.