APS bus driver accused of intimidating students

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A southwest Albuquerque mother says her son’s bus driver crossed the line. She says the driver made all the other kids get off the bus Wednesday, locking her son inside so he could yell at him.

KRQE News 13 agreed to conceal the mother’s identity because of her job. She says he’s fairly new to the bus route, which serves Mary Ann Binford Elementary. The mother tells News 13 she tried to speak with him on Tuesday because she heard he was yelling at children and scaring them, when he screamed at her. She says she called his supervisor and was reassured she could send her 8-year-old son, Julian, to school on the bus the next day.

“He told all the other kids to get off the bus and I had to stay on the bus,” Julian told News 13. “I didn’t do nothing wrong and then I started crying, and he said, ‘Oh, so you’re going to go running to your little mommy?’ Then I started feeling bad and when I got off the bus, I started crying.”

The mother says her son will never ride that school bus again.

Meanwhile, the bus drivers is still driving the route.

An Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson said the bus driver told his supervisor a different story, that he disciplined the child for not staying in his seat and for bothering another child. The spokesperson said he didn’t know of any action being taken against the driver.

The mother says she did contact police Wednesday and is just waiting to file a report.

KRQE did contact the bus company late Thursday to get their side of the story, but they referred us to APS.

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