DESOTO CO., Miss. (WMC) - A bus driver in DeSoto County is on administrative leave after a parent’s video was posted to social media showing the driver refusing to let children get off.
Per district procedure, the bus driver is on administrative leave as the matter is being reviewed. She was a substitute driver for that route, and a new driver has been assigned to the bus route for the remainder of the school year.
DeSoto County Schools
The video was filmed in the Braybourne subdivision in Olive Branch as the children were being taken home from Center Hill Elementary School.
Parents say they began to worry when the bus had not arrived about 40 to 45 minutes after their usual drop-off time.
Parents say the bus driver pulled over and refused to allow the children off the bus despite the students clearly becoming distraught while on the bus.
An upset parent began filming on Facebook Live.
“So as a mom, I just immediately went Facebook Live and started banging on the door and I was like, ‘That is my child in there! It is hot out here!’” said parent Misty Grubbs, whose Facebook video has now been shared nearly 4,000 times.
In the video, you can see one child climbing out of the window of the bus.