Faculty bus driver Bertram Jaquez admits beating 10-year-old lady in face masks argument – CBS Denver
FREMONT COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – A school bus driver admits he hit a 10-year-old girl in an argument about how she wore her face mask. It happened in Fremont County in April and was captured by surveillance cameras. Some may find the video disturbing.
The video recorded by KKTV shows the bus driver talking to the girl after she pushed her mask under her nose. According to the school’s records, the girl said she put her mask under her nose. Several girls argued about masks, and the driver came to the back of the bus and told her to put on her mask.
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“I told him no, I’m getting sick from the mask[s]”The girl wrote in a statement to the school. She said the other children had told her again to put on her mask.
“I yelled at her and said you shut up for not being involved and the bus driver hit me,” she wrote.
In a written declaration to the school district, the bus driver Bertram Jaquez admitted: “I hit her once out of reaction.”
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The Fremont County School District issued a statement that said in part:
“We are very sad about this incident. Our daily goal is to get students to school and home safely. However, this can only happen if everyone, including students and staff, follows the rules. “
Jaquez was released from the district and is now charged with harassment, assault and child abuse, among other charges.
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You can read the student’s handwritten statement by clicking here.