A Georgia school bus driver was fired and arrested after allegedly shoving Black students and instructing them to sit in the back of the bus.
James O Neil, a white former bus driver, was arrested and charged with two counts of battery on Friday after video footage showed him assaulting two Black students.
Complex reports that the two children were aged six and ten.
The boy’s 10-year-old sister can be heard telling the driver to stop pushing her brother in the video. The driver then told the child to “shut your mouth.” “What a pain in the neck you guys are,” he added. “Get the hell out of here!”
On September 9, O’Neil instructed the boy to sit in the back of the bus. O’Neil became physical when he refused.
“I’m not sure why he told them to sit in the back of the bus because that’s where the high schoolers sit, and normally the primaries sit right behind the bus driver,” said the children’s mother, Nequania Carter.
According to Complex, the family believes the incident was racially motivated.
Morgan County Charter School System addressed the situation in a statement.
In a statement, the Morgan County Charter School System addressed the situation.
“The Morgan County Charter School System was made aware of an incident Friday afternoon involving a bus driver and students. We took immediate action, including notifying the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, who we are working with during the investigation. We cannot share further details or comment due to this being a personnel issue; however, the driver was terminated,” reads the statement.
James O Neil has been working the job since 2020.