A bus driver responsible for bringing more than 50 elementary school children home quit on the job in the middle of her route, leaving the children unattended for more than half an hour.
The unnamed driver, who has been employed by Barrow Elementary School in Brazoria, Texas, for more than a year, stopped the bus on the side of County Road 724 and got out of the vehicle on Feb. 3, reports Click2Houston.
Haleigh, a fifth grader said: “She was driving and she slammed on the brakes really hard and she unbuckled her seat belt and she was like, 'I'm done!' and she just walked off the bus.” Her abrupt stop allegedly caused some of the students to fly forward into the seats in front of them.
One student reported seeing a girl with “throw up going all down her side” and a boy “shaking his butt off,” after becoming upset and frightened once their driver left the bus.
The Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District released footage of the incident, which suggests the driver pulled over and left because the children were being wild and disorderly. A surveillance video shows a student throwing something at the driver, which may have been what caused her to leave.
According to Daily Mail, the driver asked a student to hit the emergency button. The driver then called someone after stopping the bus, and is heard saying “You need to send somebody to get this bus and these kids. I'm done. I can't take it anymore.”
The district is currently accepting applications for new drivers and bus monitors.
Some parents want the driver to face charges and a criminal investigation is ongoing.
“Why if you were having a bad day that morning, why in the world would you come to work,” said parent Tonya Scott. “Why wouldn't you call in and tell them, 'Listen I'm having a bad day, I'm going through some things I just can't deal with it right now.' Why would you put my kids' lives in danger? I do think she needs to face charges.”
"My concerns are that it gets taken care of. There is no protocol, no one called us to make sure everyone got our kids home, so they don’t even know if our kids got home," she added.
Some parents say they hold the district accountable, because they claim that this is not the first time they have had problems with the driver.