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Bus driver accused of assaulting Cy-Fair ISD elementary school student

HOUSTON – A mother of a Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District student claims her son was assaulted by a bus driver.

Heather Irwin couldn't believe the words coming out of her 6-year-old son's mouth after he came home from school. 

“He said the bus driver punched me,” Irwin said.

Irwin’s son, Ryan, attends Gleason Elementary, and despite the incident happening a month ago, the bus driver hasn't been disciplined, according to Irwin.

“That bus driver should have been suspended the moment of the allegation until the investigation was up,” Irwin said. 

She said the day her son told her he was assaulted, she discovered red welts on his back, and despite pleading with the school for weeks to watch and obtain the surveillance video, it wasn't until last Friday that Irwin was finally able to get a look into what happened. 

“My son was wearing a hoodie and his backpack. The bus driver, you watch him slam his hand into my son's back, yanking his hoodie and his backpack and whipping him back in the seat and then he scoops him up,” Irwin said. 

The Cypress-Fairbanks school district released the following statement:

“The allegation that one of our employees acted inappropriately is currently under investigation, and the employee will be disciplined according to the outcome.” 

Irwin said the school is not releasing the video to her until she pays for it. Irwin plans to file a police report against the bus driver. 

“My hope is this man loses his job and he needs to be arrested for this," Irwin said.