Bus Driver Allegedly Threatened Boy With Autism
MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — An unidentified driver for the Pennsylvania Coach Lines Bus Company in McKeesport has been suspended after he reportedly verbally and physically threatened a 9-year-old fourth grader with autism.
The child was riding on his bus Wednesday morning.
The suspension comes after West Mifflin School Superintendent Dr. Janet Sardon told KDKA-TV that school officials had looked at surveillance video from the school bus the boy was riding on and asked Coach Lines to remove the driver from running any school routes in the district.
The disciplinary action was the result of Adam Switzer telling his teachers and his mother that the driver called him a “stupid moron.”
Switzer is a student in West Mifflin’s New England Elementary School.
“The bus driver stood up, pulled out his crow bar and said, ‘If you don’t shut your big mouth, I’m going to kill you with this crow bar,’” Switzer told KDKA-TV.
“The driver said, ‘I’ll put it [the crowbar] on your neck, and lift it till you die,’” he added.
“Personally, I’d like to hang him [the bus driver] in the town square and take target practice,” Switzer’s mother, Lesley Hindle, said.
Hindle went to West Mifflin Police and says she’d like to see the driver face criminal charges.