KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – A Kansas City school bus driver has been fired after allegedly elbowing an elementary student and slamming him onto the floor.
The Boone Elementary student, Gerald Huston Jr., told his mother, Jameisha McGowan, on a video call that he was grabbed, choked and slammed onto the ground before being elbowed by the school bus driver after school Tuesday.
“He said, ‘Mommy the bus driver grabbed me, he choked me and slammed me on the ground and elbowed me in my forehead,’” McGowan said.
Gerald told KCTV5 Wednesday that the bus driver was upset because he asked the driver to slow down.
“The bus driver was going really fast and then he stopped the bus and some kids flew up,” Gerald said. “When the bus came to a stop and I asked him if he could please stop doing that then he attacked me.”
The father of Huston, Gerald Huston Senior, is still upset and the family has filed a police report, saying they want the driver in custody.
Huston said he took his son to the hospital.
“He has a mild concussion that even made me more mad,” Huston said.
Huston and McGowan still want to know how something like this could happen.
“I’m very proud of my son for standing up for him and all those kids on the bus because that bus driver could have hurt those children,” Huston said.
The bus driver does not work for Center School District but rather was an employee for the bus company, Students Transportation of America.
According to district spokesperson Christina Medina, the bus company did respond after the incident and proceeded to terminate the bus driver.
Medina also said once the school district was aware of the incident, they notified the Missouri Department of Social Services.
The district put out the following statement regarding the incident:
“It was brought to our attention last night that an incident occurred on a Student Transportation of America bus involving a bus driver and one student. Parents notified our administrators and we immediately launched an investigation. Student Transportation of America (STA), the contracted bus company that serves our district, responded immediately. STA shared that they have separated employment with the driver.
As educators, we take all child endangerment reports seriously and are mandated to contact outside agencies who can fully investigate the claims. At Center School District we care about our kids and families. That sentiment guides all processes and procedures.”
Gerald’s parents don’t want him to be afraid to ride the bus. But for now, his parents will drop him off and pick him up after school.
On Thursday, the KCPD said that their juvenile division is investigating the incident.