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‘Mommy, I can’t breathe. This man was trying to kill me!’ School bus driver brawls with boy in video
A Florida bus driver was caught on camera in a physical altercation with a teen that had students begging the man to cut it out.
The video showed students breaking up a scuffle between the driver and an 13-year-old boy last week on an Aventura Waterways Preparatory school bus, according to news station WPLG.
After a shouting match, the student walked away down the aisle. But within moments, the driver was seen grabbing his collar and pressing him up against a window.
The teen’s mom Diana Cowan said that she was shocked to learn the driver physically assaulted her son.
“He said, ‘Mommy, I can’t breathe. This man was trying to kill me,’” Cowan told WPLG.
Cowan said that she’s concerned for her son and the other students.
“The anger that I saw in the video and how he handled my son, I’m very concerned for other kids,” Cowan said. “I’m concerned that this driver could hurt other children, I mean, worse than how he hurt my son.”
The school district said that the bus driver has been reassigned and they’re investigating the incident.
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is taking this allegation, which first surfaced last week, very seriously,” spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said in a statement to WPLG. “We regard our students’ wellbeing among our top priorities. The employee has been reassigned while we conduct a thorough investigation into this matter.”