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District: bus driver yanked WA child to bus floor

The Columbian
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SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — The Snohomish School District says a school bus driver is no longer on the job after he was put on leave for yanking a 6-year-old girl to the bus floor by her backpack.

District spokeswoman Kristin Foley tells the Daily Herald of Everett she doesn’t know whether the 63-year-old driver quit or was fired.

The encounter occurred Jan. 20 on a bus taking students home from Cathcart Elementary School.

Ashley Reavely tells the newspaper the child is her daughter. Surveillance video shows the girl in a front seat across the aisle from the bus driver. The girl stood up to talk to another student, her back to the front of the bus. That’s when the driver reached behind and pulled her down.

Foley says the district reported the incident to the Snohomish County sheriff’s office and the state schools chief’s office. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says the sheriff’s office took a report and referred the matter to prosecutors for review. No charges have been filed.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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