WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Paul Thomas spent much of the day on Wednesday looking through the leaves in the area of Vernon Avenue for his 10-year-old daughter Brook’s glasses.
But he had no luck.
“A little boy on the bus smacked her across the face and made her glasses fly out the window,” Thomas said.
But according to parents, that is not the only thing that happened on bus 61 when the girl lost her glasses.
“She told me what happened cause she is crying and shook up,” Thomas said.
Nicole Weaver said when her daughter arrived home 45 minutes late from Willard Elementary, she told her that when the bus stopped, the substitute bus driver allowed Brook to get off the bus and run back to find her glasses even though it was not her usual bus stop.
“And a whole bunch of other kids ended up following her, then a couple adults got onto the bus that she didn’t know and yelled at her and said ‘shut your mouth’ and yelled at the whole bus,” Weaver said.
She said the driver broke the rules by allowing people on the bus, and that the driver should not have allowed the little girl off the bus to look for her glasses.
“It is a major concern because it could have been my daughter that had gotten off the bus. She is only 8. It was in an unfamiliar neighborhood,” Weaver said.
Thomas said despite having cameras, there should be more than a bus driver on the buses.
“Why can’t they have a helper on the bus to ensure things like this don’t happen?,” he said.
Mike Wasser, Executive Director of Business Operations for Warren City Schools,said school officials are still reviewing the incident that happened on the bus, looking at surveillance cameras and interviewing all involved. He said they will take appropriate action when they are done with their investigation.