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Parent Says Bus Monitor Smacked Her Son

Posted at 6:36 PM, Aug 27, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington parent is speaking out after getting her hands on school bus video of the day she says a Fayette County Schools bus monitor smacked her child.

Cassie Dolen says it was her son’s first day on the school bus. The video isn’t crystal clear, but it upsets Dolen. Dolen believes that a bus monitor went too far that morning, saying that the woman smacked her 7-year-old son for leaving his head in the aisle.

“His head is in the aisle, which I know is not allowed, but rather than her coming to speak to him directly, she walked up from behind and smacks him in his face. For me seeing that, I’m a parent, I’m angry,” Dolen told LEX 18.

The alleged incident happened April 24, but Dolen just received the video from Fayette County Public Schools last week. Dolen said she has reported it to police and prosecutors, with no luck.

“They said it was no big deal,” said Dolen.

A spokeswoman for Fayette County Public Schools told LEX 18: “Since this is a personnel issue, we are limited as to what we can say, but I can tell you that we were made aware of this incident as soon as it happened, took swift action to ensure the safety of our children and the individual is no longer employed.”

Dolen said that she is worried where the woman could end up.

I do not think she should have the right to work with children, obviously, she doesn’t have the patience and caring attributes that I feel like you need when working with children,” said Dolen.