Washington school bus driver accused of bullying

first_imgOLYMPIA — A school bus driver has been placed on leave while the Olympia School District investigates accusations that he bullied a developmentally disabled 14-year-old girl.The Washington Middle School student has been complaining about verbal abuse for more than a year but the district didn’t act until it saw video from a surveillance camera, her mother told The Olympian.The district showed the mother video taken April 17 that shows the driver encouraging other special-needs students on the bus to call the girl names. “You can clearly hear the driver calling my daughter names, encouraging other children to bully her,” the mother said. “All of the children on the bus are special needs with a variety of disabilities, which makes it even worse.”The girl was recently frightened by a bee on the bus, and on the video the driver says he will bring a beehive on the bus, according to the mother.last_img

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