EDMONTON, CANADA — The Edmonton Catholic School Board says it was wrong when it called for the firing of a school bus driver shown on cell phone video kicking a 7th grade student off a school bus for bad behavior.
The original video showed the bus driver throwing the child’s bag off the bus 10 blocks from his stop on May 25. The student was also forced off the bus.
On Tuesday, the company that employs the driver released the full video, which shows the student striking the bus driver with a duffel bag.
“In light of the second video showing an assault on the driver, we realize we should not have requested the driver’s termination and have apologized to his employer, Cunningham Transportation Service, and will be apologizing to the driver as soon as we can reach him,” board spokeswoman Lori Nagy said in statement to CBC News.
Laura Doroshenko, operations manager for Cunningham Transport, told CBC News she believes the boy was angry that he had not been let off the bus earlier.
Doroshenko said the driver has worked for the company for five years, but he had only been on that route for two weeks.