A school bus driver in DeSoto County, Mississippi, has been placed on leave after refusing to allow children to disembark from the bus. In a state of desperation, the children resorted to climbing out of the bus window and received assistance from a parent who was waiting nearby.
Misty Grubbs shared a Facebook Live video capturing the disturbing incident where her fifth-grader, Bella Gibbs, and fellow students from Center Hill Elementary School found themselves on a bus with a driver who refused to open the doors for the students.
In the video, children can be seen crying and screaming as they are being helped off of the bus through the windows.
WREG News 3 reported:
DESOTO CO., Miss. — A DeSoto County school bus driver is on leave after she refused to let elementary school students off of her bus.
A Facebook Live by Misty Grubbs shows the moments her fifth grader Bella Gibbs and other Center Hill Elementary School students were on a bus with a driver who was not opening the door to release the students.
Throughout the video, you can see kids begin to be pulled off the bus through windows, crying, screaming, and looking for their parents.
Thursday, Grubbs says Bella was dropped off at school. Her family and many others are left with unanswered questions.
“Why did the bus sit there for 40 minutes with children on it and it’s so hot?” Grubbs said.
The incident started when a student refused to hand over a phone. In response, the driver stopped the bus and refused to continue driving. The driver, a substitute, has been placed on leave, and a replacement driver has been assigned to the route.