FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS Denver) — A school bus driver admits he slapped a 10-year-old girl — in a dispute over how she was wearing her face mask. It happened in April in Fremont County and was captured by surveillance cameras. Some may find the video disturbing.
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The video, which was obtained by KKTV, shows the bus driver talking to the girl after she moved her mask below her nose. According to documents from the school, the girl said she moved her mask below her nose Several girls were arguing about masks and the driver came to the back of the bus and told her put her mask on.
“I told him no, I get sick from mask[s],” the girl wrote in a statement to the school. She said the other kids told her again to put her mask on.
“I yelled at them and said you shut up your (sic) not involved in this and the bus driver slapt (sic) me,” she wrote.READ MORE: Manhattan, Brooklyn Residents Sue City To Stop Permanent Outdoor Dining
In a written statement to the school district, the bus driver, Bertram Jaquez, admitted, “Out of reaction, I slapped her once.”
The Fremont County School District released a statement, that said, in part:
“We are very saddened by this incident. Our goal every day is to transport students safely to school and back home, but that can only happen when everyone, including students and staff, follows the rules.”
Jaquez was fired by the district and is now facing charges including harassment, assault causing injury, and child abuse.MORE NEWS: 'Phantom Of The Opera,' Broadway's Longest Running Show, Resumes Performances
You can read the handwritten statement from the student by clicking here.