A Boston school bus monitor is on leave after a parent says the monitor used physical force to restrain her 8-year-old son.
This happened at the Paul A. Dever School in Dorchester.
According to the boys mother, her son was sitting on the bus a few weeks ago when the monitor got physical with him.
The school bus monitor allegedly pushed the boy into his seat and then slapped him with a cheesestick. Video from the bus shows the monitor holding the student down, preventing him from getting off the bus.
According to the victim’s family attorney, boy’s older sister was on the bus at the time and was the one recording the video that showed the alleged assault.
This was all caught on video by another student. When the parents of the student saw the video, they took it to the school, who began an investigation.
Boston Public Schools issued the following statement:
"Boston Public Schools considers the safety and well-being of its students and staff a top priority. Staff at the Dever Elementary School notified the Department of Children and Families immediately upon learning of this incident. The bus attendant has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation."
The incident allegedly happened in the middle of April, and the school is just taking action now because all students were on April vacation last week.
The bus company says the bus attendants are employees of Boston Public Schools and not their company, so it is a school issue.
The monitor is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is over.
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