Boston bus driver on leave after father was dragged in front of bus

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BOSTON – A father in Boston is thankful things didn’t end badly after he can be seen on video being dragged by his daughter’s school bus.

According to Fox 25 Boston, the entire incident started with an argument about where the children should be dropped off.

James Burdett said he was asking the driver to stop, when the driver wouldn’t stop, Burdett grabbed the mirror.

The bus continued driving, while Burdett hung onto the front.

“I physically got in the front of the bus and said, ‘Please give me my daughter, I need to take her home.’ He then pressed on the gas. I then grabbed onto the mirror. I was holding on for dear life,” Burdett said.

He said he had no choice but to hold on. If he had let go, he worries he would have been run over.

The bus driver told police another story, according to CBS Boston.

He said Burdett was punching the glass on the door and he kept driving because “he felt as though it was not a safe environment for the children on the bus and himself.”

Boston Public Schools released the following statement after the incident:

The Boston Public Schools does not tolerate any kind of behavior that places people’s lives in danger or compromises pubic safety. Transdev, the contractor that operates all BPS school buses, immediately removed the driver from service and placed him on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. BPS is cooperating fully with the Boston Police Department, which responded to the incident and is currently investigating the matter.

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