School bus driver charged after allegedly hitting child during mask debate

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FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (WJW) — A Colorado school bus driver was fired after allegedly hitting a child who questioned the requirement to wear a mask.

According to FOX News, the Fremont County bus driver was reportedly charged with harassment, assault causing injury and child abuse.


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Surveillance footage of the incident, which happened last month, shared on Twitter, shows a man asking the child to wear a mask. The student responds “why?” and more crosstalk is heard.

The video then shows the man striking the child across her face.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Colorado bus driver facing charges for allegedly slapping a 10-year-old girl over a mask dispute.

After asking questions for almost a month the bus driver was charged this weekend with harassment, assault, and child abuse causing injury.
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In a statement to the school district the driver wrote “out of reaction, I slapped her once,” according to KKTV.

The district told FOX News they are currently investigating the situation and looking to find strategies to “support a safe ride to and from school.” 

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