An Idaho school bus driver has been fired after a video of an inappropriate incident involving a middle school student surfaced online (video below).
Mary Black is seen in the video pouring water on eighth grade student Miguel Martinez, according to media reports.
Brayan Alverez, who filmed the incident, said Black blamed Martinez for throwing a water bottle. She also blamed Alverez for encouraging Martinez to throw it, a suggestion Alverez denied.
“She tried to take his phone away and when she didn't get to do that, she just grabbed the water bottle and started getting him wet,” Alverez told KTVB.
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Martinez said Black accused him of pouring water on others.
“She got mad and went and grabbed the water bottle," Martinez said. "She was like, 'I'm going to pour it on you cause you poured it on other people'. And I was like, 'It was an accident and I didn't even mean to.'"
"She was like, 'And? And?' And that's when she poured the water on me and said it was an accident."
Black can be heard on the video telling the students not to speak Spanish, an accusation students have been raising against her for some time.
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“I don't understand Spanish," she says on the video, according to KTVB. "I'm not going to learn it. I live in America and it's an English-speaking country. So if you want to speak to me, speak to me in English."
Juan Espino, a family friend of Alverez, explained that his son had previously told him of similar incidents involving Black.
“He told me he was told by the bus driver that it was not allowed to speak in Spanish while riding the bus,” Espino said.
Alverez also said there have been previous complaints about Black’s conduct.
“We told that to our parents for over six years, but they never believed us because we had no evidence,” he told KMVT.
Black’s former employer, Northside Bus Company, said Black was fired despite staff shortages.