A Texas parent’s dashboard camera captured the helpless moments as a bus driver’s lapse nearly resulted in tragedy.
At the northwest edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the Denton Independent School District has been back in action for some weeks now. However, for one bus driver who evidently endangered the lives of three young students, the school year may already be over.
Wednesday, the mother of two children seen in the video she provided to KDFW could be heard honking and shouting “What the heck!?” as the school bus began to accelerate with three students attempting to pass in front of it.
Matt McCormick, whose six-year-old son could be seen wearing green and backing out of the way, spoke with the outlet and recalled his thoughts at the moment of the incident and said he believed, “Oh my God, my son’s gonna die.”
“I wasn’t even 20 yards away from him, and I would not have been able to help him,” the dad explained.
While the two kids holding hands could be seen racing to cross the street at the sudden movement of the school bus, McCormick’s son retreated as, after a momentary stop, the driver proceeded along the route.
“Didn’t even give time for anybody to be across the street,” the father told KDFW. “Nothing. Just bye.”
“Once I knew he was okay, I was more really, really upset than anything else that someone could let that happen,” he further expressed before noting, “Thankfully, nothing happened to him, nothing happened to the other children, everybody’s completely fine other than emotional stressors.”
The same day that McCormick recounted his experience, Denton ISD had released a statement and informed the public that the driver had been suspended, though for how long was not readily apparent. The statement also suggested they had been in “direct contact with the families of our students involved, and they seem confident in our solution.”
After only receiving an email from the district that morning, the father argued that was far from the truth.
“I’m glad you mention that because no. The only communication that I’ve gotten was the email this morning and I am not confident in any solution that they’ve given me,” he said.
The email, he explained, came in response to his filing a complaint with the district after the incident with the video attached. While the mother who provided the clip declined to an interview, McCormick added to his remarks that, “they don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to hiring drivers.”
One person commenting on the KDFW’s reporting said, “I live in Denton and my son is in Denton ISD. This is not surprising unfortunately (sic). Their school buses break down every other week or the bus driver doesn’t show up to work and the bus is an hour late.”
In addition to their official statement, Denton ISD told KDFW that it would not discuss specifics on the suspended driver or an ongoing investigation related to the incident.
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