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Bus Driver Accused of Bullying Special Needs Student

busA bus driver in Washington is on leave after surveillance video caught him bullying a special needs student.

As Yahoo reports, Mariah Clevenger complained for over a year about how the bus driver was mean to her but because she has a developmental disability her mom wasn’t sure what to believe. Mariah is in 8th grade but is cognitively at a 4th grade level.

Yet Mariah’s claims were confirmed when the most recent incident was caught on camera. As reported by The Olympian, on April 17 Washington Middle School administrators showed Clevenger’s mother a video taken on the bus earlier that day that allegedly shows the bus driver threatening to bring a beehive onto the bus. Mariah’s mom, Louanne Bay, told KING 5, “The bus driver’s supervisor let me see the video and it was hard. I started to cry when the bus driver was laughing saying he was going to bring a bee hive on the bus.”

Bay also heard the driver call Mariah a “maniac” and says he was encouraging other students to bully her. “I felt heartbroken like, who can I trust,” Bay tells local station KIRO.

Mariah tells the station that the bus driver threatened her with physical violence as well. “‘I’m going to hit you. I’m going to kick you off my bus.’ … He was saying that I was stupid, or dumb, something like that. One of those words.”

Bottom line here, LISTEN to your children. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Don’t just discount something they’re telling you because you don’t believe it or they’re developmentally delayed or too young and you think they’re making it up. It isn’t worth the possible trauma your child might be going through. Listen and take action.

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