Denver bus driver tied boy with autism to seat

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Denver Bus Driver Tied Boy With Autism to Seat


"It's very heart-wrenching. That's like abuse," said LaKesha Rouse.

On Denver Public School buses like these, a bus driver reportedly tied a 3-year-old with autism to his seat.

"What they had been doing is tying him down on the bus with ropes and putting belts onto the thing because he comes out of the harness," said Kathy Griffin, one of the boy's guardians.

There's apparently video of this happening, but Denver Public Schools is citing student privacy and the ongoing investigation as its reasons for not yet releasing the video.

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The Denver Public Schools Department of Transportation does say for students with disabilities, "There may be a need to secure your child using additional assistive equipment."

But in a statement to our partners at KMGH, Denver Public Schools says the driver - who's on administrative leave - was in fact using an unapproved seatbelt-like device. We don't have many details beyond that, but we do know this was apparently an effort to keep the child in his seat after he'd learned how to unbuckle himself.

But Kathy Griffin and LaKesha Rouse, the boy's guardians, are asking why there was no aide to help - and why the bus driver resorted to an unapproved device.

"I would like to see the video, in fact, because what if they're not disclosing everything to us because they're so afraid of how upset we're going to get? I feel like they're hiding something," said Rouse.

A DPS spokesperson says the driver could face termination but the investigation is ongoing.

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