ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Ross Township mom says she is heartbroken and outraged after her daughter’s bus driver reportedly yelled obscenities at the 10-year-old.
Eva Letky has autism, and riding on the school bus often triggers erratic behavior.
On April 5, when her mother, Maureen, was helping Eva off the bus, her daughter had one of those meltdowns. Her arm ended up hitting the driver, knocking his glasses off.
She says the driver screamed, “Get that [expletive] [expletive] off my bus! She’s a [expletive] monster.”
Eva uses a harness on the bus.
“The things that he said to her were so abrasive, that’s child abuse. No matter any way you look at it,” Maurenn Letky told KDKA’s Kym Gable. “My feelings were very hurt that he said those things to her and there were other kids on that bus, some kids that may not be vocal, but I’m sure were very shocked, just as the way I was, that they heard these things.”
Eva attends Watson Institute in Sewickley, but is transported by First Student, which is contracted by the North Hills School District.
A spokesperson there says the man no longer transports North Hills’ students. KDKA’s calls to First Student about the driver’s employment were not returned.
“I don’t know what the next step is, but I would like something else done,” said Letky. “If not for this case, for other cases, so that nobody gets away with this again.”