A bus monitor is on administrative leave after a mother of a child with autism revealed a video (below) of the employee mistreating her son.
Tijuana Jones-Stubbs has a 6-year-old nonverbal son with autism. When she heard from employees at Bibb’s Elam Alexander Academy in Bibb County, Georgia, about possible issues with the bus, she recorded a video on Nov. 19 to see for herself.
The Macon Telegraph reports her son, Tahir Weaver, is supposed to be dropped off "hand-to-hand,” which means an adult is supposed to directly hand the child to an adult at the day care center. Jones-Stubbs was told her son was just being pushed into the building and left alone, without anyone directly taking custody of the child
The video shows the bus monitor picking up her child by his legs, carrying him across the street, and dropping him in the grass.
"My thoughts were 'What is this woman doing, and why didn't you try to find a better way to get him across the street?'" Jones-Stubbs said to The Telegraph.
"She said she was just trying to get him across the street," Jones-Stubbs said of the monitor. "I told her she should find a better way."
"He's a human being," Jones-Stubbs told 11 Alive News. "This is not what you do to him. You don't curse at him, scream at him. You don't do that to him."
The mother complained to the sheriff’s office, but she was directed to the board of education police. Assistant Superintendent Paige Busbee said the district does not condone the bus monitor’s behavior. Stephanie Hartley, spokeswoman for the school district, stated that the employee is on administrative leave pending results of the investigation.
According to an incident report, "The driver yelled at him to get up, but [Tahir] would not. The driver then began to pull at him and shout at him. At one time, she grabs him by a foot and hand and carries him across the road. Another time, she grabs him by the wrist and drags him a short distance."
"I don't think she needs to be working with children, if you don't have the patience," Jones-Stubbs said. "I think you need to find something else better to do."