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A Colorado school bus driver has confessed to slapping a 10 year-old girl for not wearing a mask properly after chilling video footage went viral of the incident. Chilling Footage Goes Viral
The surveillance video shows Bertram Jaquez smacking the little girl in the face during a mask dispute. The video shows Jaquez confronting the girl as she sat in her seat, at which time reportedly told him, “I get sick from mask[s].”
When other kids on told the girl to put her mask on, she wrote in a statement that she “yelled at them and said you shut up your [sic] not involved in this.” The other kids told the bus driver when she still did not have the mask on correctly. When Jaquez told the unnamed girl to put her mask on and she refused, he lost it.
“Out of reaction, I slapped her once,” he admitted afterwards.
In her own written statement submitted to the school district, the girl stated, “The bus driver slapt [sic] me.”
Jaquez was put on administrative leave as soon as the video got out, and he has since been fired. School District Responds
“Our school community is experiencing a very unfortunate situation,” a spokesperson for the Fremont County School District wrote in an email . “We have had a bus driver strike a child over the child not wearing a mask on the bus.” Sign up to receive the latest political news, insight, and commentary delivered directly to your inbox.
Fremont County School District released the following statement to KKTV: We believe it is never okay to lay a hand on a child. The District responded quickly to the situation by placing the driver on administrative leave so that we could fully investigate the incident. Local police were involved during the investigation as well as us being in contact with the […]