FWCS Bus Driver Accused of Hitting 5-Year-Old Student in the Face

By Nina Settappa
By Nicole Hahn
By Jeff Neumeyer

November 15, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, Indiana (www.incnow.tv) – Disciplinary action has been taken against a Fort Wayne Community Schools bus driver accused of battering a young child on his bus.

The bus driver has not been named, but FWCS officials confirm that one of their drivers has been suspended indefinitely.

21 Alive News obtained a copy of a city police report, indicating on Monday afternoon, a bus driver dropped off a young boy at his home in the 1200 block of North Glendale Drive.

It states that the boy's father approached the driver afterwards and that the driver admitted that there was an incident involving the boy.

He was quoted as saying that, "...he may have hit him."

According to the police report, the bus driver noticed the five-year old boy, who was sitting in the aisle seat, had his feet out in the aisle and was kicking.

The driver said he had to stop the bus and go back to correct the child, and that's when, according to the report, the driver may have struck the child, injuring him on his right cheek.

The report also indicates investigators have more than just the statement of the driver to help figure out what really happened.

After the parents of the child contacted the bus driver's supervisor, videotape from a camera on the bus was reviewed, showing that the driver did make contact with the student.

Krista Stockman with FWCS says cameras are on board all district buses for security reasons, to assist in these very kind of investigations.

We visited the child's home after noon seeking comment.

Nobody came to the door.

However, police say the boy's mother provided them pictures she had taken of injuries to his cheek, and confirmed the photos were from after school on Monday.

No charges have been filed, but the bus driver has been suspended without pay.

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