While it’s usually footage of unruly students acting up on school buses that makes the rounds, a troubling video out of Louisiana features a bus driver getting violent with a student.
It’s not clear what led up to the confrontation, but the 77-year-old black driver, Miles Jenkins, is seen shoving a white child who appears to be trying to exit his seat and go around the man. At one point, Jenkins slaps the boy upside his head. As the altercation continues, the much larger driver can be seen forcing the student deep into the seat, pinning him up against the side of the bus. It was at this point that Jenkins appeared to choke the boy.
Other students can be heard screaming at the driver to stop.
“Get off of him!” one student said.
Another screamed, “You’re going to jail!”
The driver, who was employed by First Student, one of the largest school bus contractors in the nation that transports 2.5 million students a day, resigned after the company became aware of the incident.
“At First Student, we take our responsibility to provide a safe environment on our school buses very seriously. The interaction the driver had with the student was unacceptable. He has resigned. Given this is an active investigation, we are unable to comment further,” a First Student spokesperson said, according to Fox 8 New Orleans.
Jefferson Parish Schools also issued a statement, confirming that an investigation was underway.
“We are aware of an incident that occurred on Oct. 30 on the campus of Marrero Middle School between a First Student bus driver and a student. The bus driver is not a Jefferson Parish Schools employee. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and JP Schools will continue to facilitate a safe learning environment for all students and employees. We are cooperating with JPSO to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted,” the district said in a statement.
“All bus drivers who transport our Jefferson Parish Schools students undergo state and federal background checks. They also undergo training before, and during, the period that they transport our students,” Jefferson Parish Schools added. “The district provides thorough instructions to drivers in compliance with state and federal safety and operations guidelines and regulation. Bus drivers for our transportation vendor, First Student, are required to know and abide by our district’s policies and procedures. To the extent that drivers fail to follow those policies and procedures, they are not fulfilling the requirements of their job.”
The incident took place on Monday and Jenkins has been charged with simple battery.
Jailed on a $500 bond, Jenkins was released without having to pay because of overcrowding in the jail, according to Nola.com.
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