Fired Bus Driver: 'Speak To Me In English' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Bus driver Mary Black was fired on Sept. 3 after a video (below) surfaced on Facebook of a recent confrontation that she had with a student, Miguel Martinez, in Jerome, Idaho.

In the video, Black is seen pouring water on Martinez, and stating, "You're doing the same thing to everybody else!"

"[Black] tried to take [Martinez's] phone away and when she didn't get to do that, she just grabbed the water bottle and started getting him wet," Brayan Alvarez, a student who filmed the video, told KTVB.

In the video, Black is heard telling Martinez, "I don't understand Spanish and I'm not gonna to learn it. I live in America and it's an English-speaking country. So if you want to speak to me, you speak to me in English."

Martinez told KMTV:

So she went, she got mad and just walked and got the water bottle. She was like "I'm going to pour it on you cause you poured it on other people." And I was like "But it was an accident when I poured it on her, like I didn't even mean to." And she was like "And? And?" and that's when she started to pour the water and she said that it was an accident.

Alvarez, identified as Eduardo Alvarez Tapia by KMTV, told the news station: "This has been going on for several years, but no one has ever recorded her. And each time we try to tell someone, she kicks us out of the bus, and we can't really do anything about because we have no evidence."

The Northside Bus Company confirmed to KTVB that Black was fired, but would not go into any details.

Juan Espino, an Alvarez family friend who posted the video on Facebook, told KTVB that his own son said that he "was told by the bus driver that it was not allowed to speak in Spanish while riding the bus."

Espino recalled contacting the Northside Bus Company, which purportedly found no evidence.

"When I talked to one of the other kids, he told me that when that took place the driver would turn, when something like that happened, the driver would turn the cameras off," Espino added.

The alleged past incidents spurred Espino to post this video of Black online.

"It's not something that we wish for, and not something that I would want to, but there will be consequences in everything that you do in life will be consequences," Espino stated.

Sources: KTVB, KMTV / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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