Shelby County Schools is investigating an incident involving an employee accused of forcibly removing a student from a bus.
Shelby County Schools said the man is an employee at Robert E. Church Elementary.
In a statement to Local 24 the district said, “An employee from Robert R. Church Elementary is being investigated based on reports of forcibly removing a student from a bus while breaking up a fight last week. We take any report involving student safety very seriously, and immediately reported this situation to the appropriate authorities. Per standard District procedure, this employee has been removed from the school while the matter is being investigated.
Facebook video surfaced Monday showing a man pulling a child from his seat and carrying him off the bus upside down by his ankle.
Local 24 spoke to the 5th grader who recorded the viral video.
“It wasn’t right what he did,” said Zamarian Pointer. “He wasn’t supposed to be dragging him like that.”
Zamarian’s father, Maurice Wilson, said his son was suspended from taking the bus. Despite the action taken against the 5th grade, Wilson said he was proud of his son for taking the video.
“If he didn’t get that video,” he said, “They probably would have swept it under the rug.”
Kimberly Hardin, the mother of the student who was dragged off the bus held a press conference Tuesday and was joined by members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Memphis.
Among those in attendance was Reverend Walter Womack.
“What I saw was shocking,” said Rev. Womack. “That’s not what you expect to see in 2018.”
Womack told Local 24 he stands behind the 7-year-old and his family. He along with other faith leaders are planning a sit-down meeting with Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.
“We’re here to stay,” said Rev. Womack. “We’re going to do whatever we can that’s in our power to make sure he listens to what we’ve got to say and that he comes to the table and talk with us.”
Despite the incident, Kimberly Hardin says her son is still enrolled at Robert R. Church Elementary. However, he is not taking the bus.
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