Bus driver caught on video bullying special needs student

04/22/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Olympia, Washington – A bus driver in the Olympia School District (OSD) accused of bullying a special needs student has been placed on leave. As reported by Yahoo! News, the driver was caught on surveillance video verbally abusing student Mariah Clevenger, 14, and allegedly urged others to also bully her.

Mariah’s mother, Louanne Bay, is quoted in the report as stating of seeing the video footage, “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.” Mariah reportedly had been afraid of a bee on the bus days prior.

The student, who is in eighth grade, is stated to be on a 4th grade level cognitively.

Rebecca Japhet, a spokesperson for the OSD, is quoted in the report as sending a statement to The Olympian regarding the issue saying, “The district is treating this matter very seriously. We learned about the inappropriate verbal exchanges last week and immediately put the driver on leave. The district is now conducting an investigation. In the meantime, staff is committed to working with this family to ensure the student feels safe and supported on her way to school, at school and on the way home from school.”

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