A Conroe Independent School District bus monitor sent a student to the hospital after beating him with an object. The monitor reportedly attacked the student when he attempted to disembark from the bus.
According to a video taken of the event, the student—a 17-year-old foster child—never fought back, while the bus monitor screamed and lashed out at him.
Breaking – A CISD bus driver brutally beat a student (he’s a foster child) today. Witnesses say the kid never once hit back.
— Sarah Fields (@SarahisCensored) August 11, 2023
The student recording the video can be heard telling the bus monitor that he will lose his job for hitting a kid and encouraging the student, referred to as “Big Mike,” not to hit back.
Mike is then seen backing away from the monitor and joining the other students at the back of the bus.
Conroe ISD released a statement following the incident, stating, “We are disturbed by this unacceptable behavior which is not representative of our hundreds of hard-working transportation staff. The individual is no longer employed by the District, and the Conroe ISD Police Department is completing their investigation with the expectation of pursuing criminal charges.”
According to investigative reporter Sarah Fields, before the incident occurred, “the bus driver told all of the students (all foster kids) that this is why they are all in CPS, because nobody wants to put up with them.”
Fields also said Mike has a serious intellectual disability and was taken to the hospital for a possible concussion.
State Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) told The Publica he was distrubed by the footage and that there was “more to the story.” The boy was initially slated to spend 14 days in disciplinary action after being beaten by the staff member, but was ultimately handed a 3 day out-of-school suspension.
Texas Scorecard has reached out to CISD for comment on the suspension but did not receive a reply before publication.