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Bus driver gets apology after new video shows why he kicked student off bus

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EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Catholic School Board says it was wrong when it called for the firing of a school bus driver shown on cell phone video kicking a 7th grade student off a school bus for bad behavior.

The original video showed the bus driver throwing the child’s bag off the bus 10 blocks from his stop on May 25. The student was also forced off the bus.

On Tuesday, the company that employs the driver released the full video, which shows the student striking the bus driver with a duffel bag.

“In light of the second video showing an assault on the driver, we realize we should not have requested the driver’s termination and have apologized to his employer, Cunningham Transportation Service, and will be apologizing to the driver as soon as we can reach him,” board spokeswoman Lori Nagy said in statement to CBC News.

Laura Doroshenko, operations manager for Cunningham Transport, told CBC News she believes the boy was angry that he had not been let off the bus earlier.

Doroshenko said the driver has worked for the company for five years, but he had only been on that route for two weeks.

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8 comments

  • Brad F

    Maybe, just maybe we should stop and get ALL the facts before we pass judgement. This pattern of jump to judgement, mob rule has got to end.

  • ShadowWalker59

    Well, let’s hope the parents deal out a punishment for this brat! Too many ‘parents’ at too quick to believe little Johnny or Jane, when so many times it’s actually the kids fault. It’s nice to stick up for your kids, but before you jump on anyone, it’s best to get the whole story…….there are always two sides to it, then make your choice.

    • BearTex3

      Are you kidding, the parents of this kid will get a lawyer involved and figure out a way to still get this blamed on the bus driver. They will make it seem like the bus driver provoked the kid to hit him with his bag and that the driver had it coming. And that their kid was just expressing his feelings and that the driver should not be a bully to the kid. Because the parents just dont think that their kid would ever do this, despite the footage. And if I was the driver I would have seeked employment elsewhere, because everyone knows that he tried to plead his case to the administration, but they was like we have footage from some little kid and it has implicated him. BUt he hit me first and I kicked him off my bus. What if I would have wrecked after he hit me. But he did not hit you, he was in his seat. Check the bus footage. Dont tell us how to do our job. You are Fired.

    • GrahamH

      Seems the original video was by another passenger on the bus.
      This second video seems to be from the in-bus camera. It would not be good practice to release this ‘official’ video without having good cause (such as in defence of the original video).
      Imagine the uproar if the in-bus video had been released – invasion of privacy etc. Parent would have been up in arms (as well) as their poor little scum was humiliated.

  • Rokkoon

    When I was a kid if the bus driver told you to cut the crap and you didn’t they kicked you off the bus right there and then, that was the norm none of this namby pamby crap.