Albuquerque Public Schools is asking a bus company to bench one of its drivers after she was caught on video yelling at elementary school students.
She even called one of them a pretty graphic name.
In the video, the driver makes it clear she’s had enough and doesn’t want her job anymore. She may have gotten her wish.
It was an intense outburst by a bus driver while taking kids home from Navajo Elementary.
“I don’t care anymore. I don’t care if I get fired, I’m not planning on coming back anyway, you dumb f***,” the driver said in the video.
“That’s pitiful for that lady to say that to that little kid. Using cuss words that adults use, you don’t do that to kids,” said Roberta Ranteria.
What the video doesn’t show is what exactly set the driver off, but parents say her behavior is unacceptable no matter what.
“I took it as the bus driver is demonstrating a complete lack of control over the kids and dealing with problems,” one parent said.
According to Navajo Elementary Principal Sarah Garcia, the bus and the driver are contracted through the Albert Sanchez Bus Company, one of nine bus companies that work with APS.
Parents who watched the video wonder if all the drivers are properly trained.
“There should be specific protocol that the bus drivers and APS are aware of in terms of dealing with any problems,” said a father of three students.
According to the bus company, their drivers take the training course required by the Public Education Department. It’s the same training as APS’ own bus drivers take. But that training didn’t seem to do much good here.
“I would fire her, I would fire her without pay,” Ranteria said.
APS officials say once this was reported, they asked the bus company to pull the driver from all APS routes. The bus company wouldn’t say what it’s doing with the driver.
APS did issue an apology, saying even though the driver isn’t a district employee, it’s their responsibility to ensure the integrity of workers that come into contact with students.