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November 07, 2012  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

Update: Fired bus supervisor won't face charges

By Thomas McMahon


GALESBURG, Mich. — A transportation supervisor who was fired after being captured by a cell phone video pushing a student off of her will not face criminal charges, the county prosecutor said last week.

Behavioral problems with the 7-year-old boy, Hunter Dawson, and others on the bus had reportedly been occurring for weeks, and Heidi Mullin, a supervisor for Auxilio Services, was directed to ride the bus in the role of an aide to assess the situation.

According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Fink said that a short cell phone video of the incident taken by a student and a longer video taken by Mullin were reviewed before a decision was made.

Fink said that Mullin's video shows that the boy's behavior was "disruptive, disobedient and problematic" and that he threw his backpack at Mullin and then "forcibly attempted to grab the backpack back.”

Other students on the bus reported that Dawson also "threatened to get a family member to kill" Mullin, according to the prosecutor.

The pushing had reportedly occurred when Mullin sat next to the boy and he pulled his coat over her head.

According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Fink said that while Mullin's actions "were not the best — we are not going to issue charges against her for pushing [Dawson] away when he had his coat over her head and she said she had difficulty breathing.”

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Go to the Battle Creek Enquirer, MI newspaper, Nov. 1st for some interesting information about this situation.

MD    |    Nov 09, 2012 01:04 PM

If we want bulling to stop we have to start by setting examples. If we keep allowing students to get away with bulling adults then why would they stop bulling other students. What ever happened to respect. Children have alot of services protecting their rights but who protects the rights of the adults trying to keep other students safe. The actions of Heidi seemed to be in self defense and no mention of any harm to the student.

db    |    Nov 09, 2012 06:50 AM

Unless there is a lot missing from the article I don't understand the firing of the transportation director. I have seen 7 year olds have tantrums and it is amazing how strong they can be. Pushing him away sounds like it was all she had to do without another adult to help, and as the driver was driving it sounds like it was her call. Sounds like the people who should have been in her corner and offered some support dropped the ball, everyone is so afraid of a lawsuit they try to appease people and not always do what is right.

Alice    |    Nov 09, 2012 06:49 AM

I don't see why the supervisor was fired. This action shows other students that you can do what you want to and nothing will happen. Heidi's actions were a normal reaction to something being put over your head.

tp    |    Nov 09, 2012 06:11 AM

I'm flabbergasted! A student behaves in this manner, the transportation supervisor is directed to ride the bus and asses the situation, then gets fired for trying to defend herself while the kid holds a coat over her head? Where is the responsibility of the parents? Why is the transportation supervisor vilified after trying to deal with such bad behavior, all of which is admitted to and evident in the investigation including a very serious threat on the part of the child? I'm speechless that a school transportation professional would be treated in this manner. This is a true miscarriage of justice. I feel Heidi Mullin has every right to seek legal action against the school district and her employer. I hope she receives some sort of compensation for the terrible treatment and publicity she has received in this situation.

Geoff Bridgman    |    Nov 08, 2012 04:08 PM

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