Parents say son was choked by school bus driver
CREATED Mar. 21, 2012
FT. MYERS - The parents of a Caloosa Elementary School student is angry with the school district for not releasing details of their investigation over allegations that a school bus driver attacked their son.
"Why are they putting bus drivers on these buses if our children aren't going to be safe," said the child's mother Mary Morrison.
Her son was on his way home from school back in late February when he was involved in a minor altercation with another student on the school bus.
The child was asked by the bus driver to move to another seat.
"You seen him go up and then when his arm comes back down... my son started chocking and crying."
She says the bus driver wrapped his hand around her son's throat and started chocking him.
Morrison says the district allowed her to watch the video taken on the school bus surveillance system of the incident.
"Why are they putting bus drivers on these buses if our children aren't going to be safe?"
Morrison wants to know why the district won't give her the incident report and the DVD of what happened.
Meantime, her husband says the district has been dropping the ball since the beginning.
"Nobody called police to report the incident. No one called the parents to notify us. The bus driver didn't even make the complaint in. We didn't receive nothing," said Jason Knavel.
Knavel said he and his wife were the ones to call the district when their son came home and told them what happened.
He also says the district should have called police and had the driver arrested the day of the incident.
"I want to see the man get locked up. It’s been two and a half weeks."
We contacted the school district to find out if the family could get the incident report or dvd.
Spokesperson Joe Donzelli says neither the incident report nor DVD could be released until the investigation is over.
The bus driver is no longer driving as bus for the time being. The district expects the investigation to be wrapped up in a couple of weeks and then his fate will be decided after that.