Victor school officials investigating 'unfortunate' school bus incident

Updated: February 13, 2020 02:43 PM
Created: February 12, 2020 11:32 AM

VICTOR, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Victor Central School District officials responded Wednesday after a video showed a group of kids being held on the bus.

It was captured on video and posted to social media.

The video shows parents standing outside the bus with their kids banging on the windows and crying, begging to be let off.

"It was like a horror movie like my child is trapped inside and I can't get her and he won't let her come to me," parent Casey Glassford said.

She's the one who took the now-viral video.

"When I realized they weren't letting them off, that's when I took my camera out. That's when I knew something was wrong, something was up and this wasn't right and that's when I started videotaping," Glassford said.

State police say troopers responded to a report of disruptive children Tuesday afternoon. The troopers talked with some students then released them to their parents. 

"All—we just wanted our kids. We just wanted them off the bus all he had to drive was just a few feet and then let them off," Glassford said.

The Victor Central School District released a statement Wednesday, saying the bus driver was following district protocol. The statement goes on to say the situation was so out of hand, the driver had to pull the bus over. He then called the transportation department and asked for additional help transport the students.

Glassford says the bus driver and monitor have done this before, but never to this extent, and she wants to know what happened to cause this incident.

Read the district's full statement below:

"An unfortunate and unacceptable situation occurred yesterday during the transportation of students on one of our buses. The driver, following procedures that are established in our transportation department, pulled the bus to the side of the road because he was unable to establish appropriate student behavior on the bus.   

The situation grew so problematic that the driver contacted the transportation department requesting additional help onsite before he could continue transporting the students. The situation obviously developed into something that requires immediate attention from our transportation director and appropriate district administrators in order to establish steps and procedures to try to eliminate such occurrences.

"The investigation has already begun."

The Victor School Board will meet Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

No word if they'll discuss the investigation.

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