Parents rally to support suspended bus driver

Posted on December 22, 2014

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — Parents urged Hoosick Falls School District school board members to reinstate school bus driver Leo Surdam after he was suspended for the way he allegedly dealt with a bullying incident on the bus, WNYT reports.

Earlier this month, when a fourth-grade student told Surdam two sixth graders were bullying her, he reportedly told them to stop and was accused of grabbing them by the shirt or jacket, the news outlet reports. One of the students tripped over a trash can and fell, and his parents filed a complaint with the school and police, according to WNYT. Surdam was charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Parents gathered to tell school board members they thought Surdam did the right thing by trying to stop the bullying. A mother told the news outlet her third-grade son was choked by one of the sixth-grade students accused of bullying the girl.

The school superintendent told the crowd he understands the passion behind the issue, but board members are not allowed to discuss personnel issues with the public, according to WNYT. He also said the bus driver would get due process, including a hearing in which a recommendation will be made on Surdam's future with the district. Surdam will remain suspended until the police and internal investigation is over, the news outlet reports.

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Related Topics: bullying, New York, parent disputes

Comments ( 2 )
  • Vic

     | about 5 years ago

    The entire school personal is trained on being aware of bullying and to stop it, report it immediately. We have heard many accounts on the social media that bullying has caused young students to commit suicide from the results of bullying. Suicide from these results? Now a bully is reprimanded for doing this, falls down, no mention of broken limbs or hospitalization from results.... Are his parents speaking to their bullying child that what they did was horrible and never do such a thing again? That this never would have occurred to begin with if they respected others? Bullies if not stopped at a young age are possibly perfecting their art so to speak and will continue on through High school etc. The only reason this made the news is because the bully fell down. Parents teach your children not to be disrespectful brats that hurt others. If it were the bully's that were bullied those parents would be rallying for that bus driver's reemployment also!

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