WINSTON, Ore. - Nicole Huskey has two children that attend Brockway Elementary School in Winston. She said on Thursday afternoon they had a horrible experience with a bus driver that made them scared to get back on the bus.
Huskey said her children were taking the Gray bus home that afternoon, and that's not a bus they usually ride. She said they've never had issues with their usual bus.
She said her children told her the bus driver was yelling and cursing at the children. They said he even asked the kids behind them to slap them in the head so that they would sit down.
Huskey said her kids were scared to tell her this because they said the driver had also told them he would "hurt them" if they told their parents. She said this information shocked and scared her.
”They’re scared! My children told me, ‘I don’t want to get back on that bus, I don’t want to get hit again.’ As a parent, that just floors you.”
She took to Facebook with her concerns and found that she wasn't the only person who had experienced problems like this.
She visited the Brockway Elementary School principal, who said it was out of his hands and directed her to the Bus Barn in Winston. The Bus Barn said they would review the footage and take further action from there, but that she wasn't legally allowed to view it.
Huskey said her goal in pursuing this is to hopefully get more supervision on the buses. She said just like teachers have aids, maybe drivers do too.
She wanted to make it clear that she understands many drivers do a good job and that it clearly can be overwhelming, but she wants something done to ensure this doesn't happen again.
KEZI reached out to the school district and they said they don't condone this treatment of children and they deal with complaints as they're received.
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