A white bus driver has been fired and charged with battery after cell phone footage emerged of him pushing two younger black siblings to the again of the bus.
James O’Neil, a bus driver for the Morgan Nation Constitution College System in Georgia, was arrested and charged with two counts of easy battery Friday, September 16.
Nequania Carter, the mom of the 2 youngsters, aged 6 and 10, claimed the identical bus driver had harassed her youngsters previously and implied the incident was racially motivated.
Nevertheless, regardless of finding out three separate video clips of the incident together with the bus safety digicam, investigators weren’t in a position to clearly set up whether or not the assault was racist in nature and so O’Neil was solely charged with a easy battery.
Carter stated her youngsters have been traumatized after the incident and had since been faraway from the college system all collectively.
College bus driver James O’Neil has been fired and charged with a easy battery after being filmed shoving two younger siblings aged six and ten and ordering them to sit down in the back of the bus
James O’Neil’s mugshot after his arrest for battery on Friday September 16. Investigators weren’t in a position to clearly set up whether or not the assault was racist in nature and so O’Neil was solely charged with easy battery
‘My son is terrified, he was scared, he known as for his older sister as you would hear he was crying…he was horrified…you are imagined to be defending him,’ she instructed FOX5.
It began with the motive force manhandling the six yr outdated when he refused O’Neil’s order to sit down in the back of the bus, though the usual seating is for the youngest youngsters to sit down on the entrance.
When the 10-year-old daughter intervened to defend her brother, the video seems to point out O’Neil shoving her as effectively.
‘Cease touching my brother!’ the sister seems to shout on the driver.
‘Shut your mouth!’ the motive force replies. ‘Get again there!’ O’Neil barks, pointing to the again of the bus.
Then he delivers a forceful shove to the sister, yelling, ‘what a ache within the neck you guys are! Get out of right here!’
‘I used to be shocked…the emotional injury that it did…my youngsters do not wish to return to highschool…they do not wish to get again on the college bus,’ Carter stated.
She stated it was not the primary time her household had complained about James O’Neil to highschool officers and she or he believes she singled them out for a motive.
‘I’ve by no means put my palms on a baby and I used to drive college buses too,’ Carter acknowledged.
The incident allegedly began with O’Neil jostling the youthful brother after he refused to maneuver to the again of the bus. He then known as to his large sister from him to guard him
‘My youngsters do not wish to return to highschool… they do not wish to get again on the college bus.’
It was solely after the video of the incident went viral on social media that O’Neil was fired and the matter referred to legislation enforcement by the college system.
‘The investigation resulted within the arrest of James O’Neil on two counts of easy battery,’ Morgan County Chief Deputy Keith Howard instructed the Morgan County Citizen.
‘Whereas this was not a fancy investigation, it was sophisticated by the allegation that the incident was perceived as being racially motivated.’
‘Investigators took further time to research all of the information to incorporate consulting with prosecutors within the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit,’ he stated.
‘Investigators couldn’t set up a nexus that the incident was racially motivated.’
After his arrest, Carter and her husband, Blake, thanked the neighborhood for his or her assist in urgent the Morgan Nation Constitution College System to lastly take motion in opposition to O’Neil.
‘We’re very relieved that expenses have been filed and that no different dad and mom have to fret concerning the security of their youngsters relating to Mr. O’Neil,’ they wrote in a press release.
‘We actually recognize the NAACP for all their assist and help and in addition the assist from the neighborhood.’
However they criticized the college system’s preliminary response as solely being prompted by the unfavorable media protection and neighborhood backlash.
‘We really feel like [O’Neil] was terminated as a result of the story bought extra protection than the Morgan County Constitution College System would have favored,’ Carter stated.
O’Neil turns his anger on the older sister, who he shoves forcefully and yells at and calls a ‘ache within the neck’
In addition they stated it was rumored that previous to the sturdy response that they had simply deliberate to ship O’Neil to be retrained.
In addition they accused transportation supervisor Alicia Lord of ignoring a number of earlier complaints by the household in opposition to the motive force.
A spokesperson for the college system launched a press release after the incident saying: ‘The Morgan County Constitution College System was made conscious of an incident Friday afternoon involving a bus driver and college students.
‘We took rapid motion, together with notifying the Morgan County Sheriff’s Workplace, who we’re working with throughout the investigation.
‘We can’t share additional particulars or remark because of this being a personnel difficulty; nonetheless, the motive force was terminated.’
O’Neil languished in jail for a day earlier than being launched on bond. He awaits a date for his courtroom look from him, the place he’ll enter his plea.