Indiana bus driver accused of pushing special needs student off bus


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HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. — An Indiana bus driver was fired and is now facing charges after he allegedly shoved a 13-year-old special needs student off the bus.

The incident occurred on Aug. 10 when the student was apparently taking a while to get off the bus because it was raining, according to WXIN.

The bus driver, 74-year-old Harold Cass, told investigators that the student “lost his footing and fell out of the door of the bus,” but school bus surveillance footage showed he pushed the student.

“We expect that our children are going to be safe in those environments and whenever there are things that give us reason to believe the children are not safe it’s something that causes us concern and law enforcement is going to look into those things,” said Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton.

The school system said Cass was immediately taken off his route and has since been fired.

He was charged with battery and has a court date later this month.

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