After a video surfaced showing a biracial Utah boy being shut in the doors of a school bus and left dangling outside as he’s dragged by the moving vehicle; his mom is now suing the bus driver over the incident claiming he “intentionally closed the door on him as he was getting off,” reports the Daily Mail.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports, a lawsuit awaits Davis School District (DSD) as the family alleges racial discrimination over the incident.
Surveillance footage captured a group of students exiting the bus, show the driver closing the door on a mixed-race seventh grader and then proceeded to drive off for about 150 feet, while the boy was hanging from the door by his backpack straps.
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Brenda Mayes, the boy’s mother, said there have been at least three other complaints filed against the same driver for targeting multiracial students. Mayes said that the bus driver, John Naisbitt, was never disciplined for his discriminatory actions against students at Davis School District.
The mom claims the DCD knew the driver was harassing students. She said:
“I didn’t want to take legal action. I just wanted to see them do something. When my son called me that morning, he was shaky and was on the verge of tears. I was in disbelief. I couldn’t even comprehend how it could happen.”
Mayes was mostly concerned about her son’s safety because he could have been seriously injured during the incident. She added, I “didn’t believe that people were like this. He should be able to just get on the bus and go to school and have a regular day.”
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The school district told KUTV that Naisbitt is no longer employed with DCD and released the following statement to the outlet:
… When issues of discrimination are raised at any time, they are investigated thoroughly. We take any claims of racial discrimination seriously and do not tolerate any form of racial discrimination in our schools …
Naisbitt told FOX13 he never saw the boy stuck between the doors and he allegedly warned kids to disembark from the school bus because he needed to move forward in the bus lot.
The driver said:
“I didn’t see him in there. If I had, I would have stopped.”
Naisbitt also said he’s not a racist, “Not at all. No. Look at my dog. He’s as black as could be.”
He decided to retire three days after the incident to prevent getting fired.
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