GRESHAM, Ore. -- A bus driver in the Gresham-Barlow School District was taken off of his route after allegedly grabbing a student by the backpack to move the child toward the front of the bus.

A representative for the bus company First Student told the district the children had been unruly as they boarded the bus at Hall Elementary School Monday. A teacher reportedly calmed them down once, but they began yelling and screaming as the driver pulled away.

The driver then stopped and escorted two children to the front of the bus, and in the process grabbed the loop of one child's backpack, the representative said.

According to First Student rules, drivers are not allowed to touch the students, and the company said that rule includes the backpack a child is wearing. The driver will no longer drive for the Gresham-Barlow School District, the representative said.

The district will assign a second person to ride the bus for the rest of the week to monitor the children's behavior.

The mother of a child who was on the bus at the time claimed the driver had been abusive and all the children on the bus were crying when her child was dropped off Monday afternoon.


KGWReporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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