Michigan authorities have recently released surveillance video of an altercation between a Grand Rapids bus driver and a 15-year-old passenger that landed them both in hot water.
WXMI Reports the video (shown below) shows what happened on April 30 when a driver with the Grand Rapids transit system, known locally as Rapid, got into a verbal altercation with a female passenger that quickly escalated to physical violence and shouting.
As the video opens, the driver can be heard stopping the 15-year-old girl and a male companion, telling them they aren’t allowed on the bus.
When they ask why, the driver says, “For running your mouth.”
“You’re running your mouth,” the teen, who is a student at Grand Rapids Public Schools, tells the driver.
"Get your little butt out of here, girl, before you get smacked,” the driver finally says after some more back and forth between the two.
“You gonna smack me?” the girl asks. “Let me see you smack me then.”
In the video the driver then gets out of her seat and chases the girl off the bus where they can be seen wrestling in the grass at the bus stop before the fight is broken up by other students.
According to MLive Media, the driver is 53-year-old Alicia Miller.
She has been suspended without pay by Rapid pending an investigation into the matter. She has also been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
The girl has reportedly been suspended from school for five days and authorities have said they plan to file a juvenile charge against her for causing a disturbance.
A statement from the schools, sent to WXMI, said, “It is clear that the student and the driver erred in their action and judgment. We are particularly troubled with how the adult escalated the matter despite efforts by other students to separate the two.
“We commend the Union students who made every effort to intervene and stop the incident after it started,” the statement continued.
Peter Varga, CEO of Rapid, told WXMI that Miller’s behavior in the video is “inconsistent with her work in the past.” Varga said Miller has worked for Rapid for 16 years and will speak to her personally before making a decision about her future with the company.
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