A Georgia school bus driver was arrested on Friday after cellphone video footage reportedly showed him pushing two children.
The Morgan County Charter Schools bus driver James O’Neil was fired earlier this week for a September 9 incident filmed on a bus. Morgan County Chief Deputy Keith Howard told the Morgan County Citizen that they viewed videos from two students and bus security footage.
The videos apparently showed O’Neil pushing two siblings, ages 6 and 10. Their parents — who claimed the incident was racially-motivated and that the bus driver harassed their children in the past — have reportedly pulled their children out of the school system.
On the day of the incident, O’Neil allegedly told the 6-year-old boy to go to the back of the bus even though elementary school students typically sat in the front. Video showed him pushing the boy back into his seat while talking to his 10-year-old sister, who tells him to stop pushing her crying brother.
“Shut your mouth,” O’Neil reportedly told the girl before pushing her. “What a pain in the neck you guys are. Get back there.”
O’Neil is charged with simple battery. He bonded out of jail on Saturday.
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