School investigating after bus driver slammed on brakes

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 school district is investigating claims that a young boy was hurt when a school bus driver slammed the brakes.

Batesville School District is looking into the allegations. Surveillance video from a Batesville apartment complex shows the bus pulling up moments after witnesses say the driver hit the brakes.

Dewayne Taylor's two daughters were on the bus, and after getting off the bus, he said they ran straight inside to tell him what happened.

"They said when he hit the brake...he had told them to shut up, and they wouldn't listen I guess," Taylor said. "It upset him where he stomped the brakes and everybody went forward."

His daughters told him a young boy was hurt. He said they told him when the driver slammed on the brakes, a young boy hit his head on the seat in front of him. "My girls told me that he was upset, and crying, and in pain," Taylor said. "From what I understand got a knot on his head."

Taylor said the bus then sat in the parking lot of the apartment complex for at least 5 minutes.

The video shows Taylor and other witnesses watching as the driver walks up and down the aisle. Taylor said the driver was yelling at the kids.

"Mainly what I heard was cussing and be quiet, shut up," Taylor said.

Taylor, who wasn't sure what happened before the bus came to a stop, said he's concerned about the driver's past, and he's even considered taking his kids off the bus.

"He'd cut in real quick and the bus would tilt to one side," Taylor said.

"I am scared," Taylor said. "I've even thought about, here recently, and a few times in the past, taking them to school myself."

After he witnessed Wednesday's stop, Taylor said something must be done. "Maybe putting a bus monitor on there," Taylor said. "That way the bus monitor can monitor the bus while he focuses on driving."

"It's their lives," Taylor said. "You know I don't want to see my kids involved in no bad wreck."

Batesville Superintendent, Gary Anderson, told Region 8 News the school is looking into the incident. "We are investigating the situation, but because it's a personnel issue, I can't say much at this time," Anderson said over the phone. "I can tell you it is being handled appropriately."

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