Riding the school bus shouldn’t be a traumatic experience. Most of the bullying and bad behaviors evinced on buses come from unruly students. But a video is going viral that shows a different sort of confrontation. The bullies were waiting at a bus stop and the bus driver, unsympathetically, kicks the kid they were waiting for off the bus.
The incident happened in Oklahoma on January 17. The incident was caught on video by another student on the bus. Now the matter is being investigated by the authorities.
The kid on the bus appears to be crying, and asks the driver if he can stay on the bus. When the bus driver refuses, he asks to be let off at his house instead of at the bus stop. Again, the driver says no.
The bus driver seems unrelenting and yells at the student. When he does get off the bus, he is immediately jumped by the waiting bullies.
“The incident occurred at the Four Corners Church of God bus stop last week and involved a bus from the Locust Grove Public Schools,” Daily Mail writes. “Police were alerted about the incident on Thursday.”
“You’re gonna kill and try to punch me,” the boy said before he was booted from the bus.
“The video is alarming itself and obviously, it’s enough to start an investigation,” Major Rod Howell of the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office told local reporters.
The bus itself had two camera rolling, in addition to the cell phone footage of the incident and all of the footage is now with the Sheriff’s Office.
The video from the bus may be more complete and includes both the visual and the audio. “That could possibly give us something of evidentiary value but it’s too early to tell,” Howell added.
The school district has released a statement of their own, and conducting a separate investigation.
“Locust Grove Public Schools had an incident take place January 17th on one of our school buses involving two students,” the district said. “The incident was turned over to law enforcement and the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a complete investigation. The students’ and bus driver’s actions have been addressed internally.”