Parent: Huntsville bus attendant hit child, caused nose to bleed
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Huntsville Junior High School student claims he was hit by a bus monitor, causing his nose to bleed uncontrollably.
"It was all over my hands, all over my shirt, all over my face, chin, my neck, my eyes. That's how much I was bleeding," the student explained.
"It's a proper way to do things, and this wasn't done properly," the student's mother said.
She is outraged with Durham School Services and how their employees handled the situation.
It happened Wednesday on the ride home. The 14-year-old says the bus attendant was reprimanding him and other students for standing while the bus was moving and at some point the attendant got so upset he smacked him.
"To me, I think just because I was standing on the bus and saying, 'Hey' to people doesn't mean you can hit a child," the student added.
The student says no one did anything to help him. He says the driver kept following the route and the attendant ignored him.
It wasn't until he got to his neighborhood that a parent looked after him.
"Children are going to be children. Are you going to be mad to the point you're going to strike blood from my child?" the mom asked.
In a statement, Durham Bus Services public relations liaison Kate Walden said, "Following the investigation of this very serious matter, I can confirm that the monitor is no longer employed by the company. We train employees on proper student management; the driver of the bus during this incident has undergone retraining."
The mom is now taking legal action.
She has a lawyer and has filed a police report with the Huntsville Police Department.
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