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Emmett bus driver charged after accusations that she physically, verbally confronted 9-year-old

‘I don’t care if I hurt you,’ Emmett school bus driver says as she tries to remove student

Emmett police are investigating allegations by the parents of a 9-year-old student with disabilities that a school bus driver verbally and physically abused the boy during a confrontation on a bus on April 12.
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Emmett police are investigating allegations by the parents of a 9-year-old student with disabilities that a school bus driver verbally and physically abused the boy during a confrontation on a bus on April 12.

The Gem County Prosecutor’s Office filed a criminal charge last week against the Emmett school bus driver who is accused of physically grabbing and verbally confronting a 9-year-old boy in April.

Anna Brown was charged with misdemeanor injury to child on July 31. Emmett Police investigated the incident and reviewed a video of the interaction between Brown and the child. Brown posted a $500 bond on Friday, the same day a warrant was served.

“I don’t care if I hurt you,” the bus driver tells the child as she struggles to pull him out of a bus seat and move him to the front of the bus after what she characterized as misbehavior.

Jennifer Harvey, the mother of the child, told the Statesman that she thought her child was assaulted and reported the incident to police after seeing the video of the driver.

The boy is a third-grader at Shadow Butte Elementary and has some disabilities, including sensory perception disorder. He has an aide and was sitting where the aide instructed him to, according to a police affidavit.

The criminal complaint in Brown’s case claims she injured the boy by “threatening, grabbing, pushing and/or dragging” the child on April 12 when trying to get him to sit at the front of the bus. She allegedly told him “You move or I am going to physically put you up front, do you understand me?” and is seen picking him up by his backpack.

The probable cause affidavit states that when the child fell during the confrontation with the driver, he injured his knee and stayed on the floor of the bus, crying and refusing to get up. At that point, Brown called administration, according to the document.

The driver resigned within two days after the incident, Emmett School District Superintendent Wayne Rush said at the time. Initially, she was not identified.

The Idaho Statesman attempted in May to view the surveillance video from the bus, but the district initially declined a public record request for the footage. Then, Statesman community engagement editor Bill Manny called for the release of the surveillance video on May 23 because the parent wanted it released, citing public record laws.

The video was released the following week.

Brown’s next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14.

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