Bus Dragging Incident

Anna Silversmet

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A few weeks ago, in Utah, a mother of a mixed-race boy says it wasn’t an accident when a bus driver closed a door on her son and his backpack was still attached to the bus. The bus began driving away, dragging the child more than 100 feet. The mother, Brenda Mayes, believes that racism was involved. Mayes filed a civil rights lawsuit over the incident. Earlier in October, another incident like this happened, a woman from the neighborhood said,¨My younger son and the neighbor that it happened to, they were both afraid to ride the bus. They haven’t been riding the bus from October until February because they were afraid of the bus driver.¨ Mayes had contacted the school’s district and the transportation director but she said those entities didn’t do anything. That Friday, the Davis School spokeswoman said, ¨when issues of discrimination are raised at any time, they are investigated thoroughly. The Davis School District takes and claims of racial discrimination seriously and does not tolerate any form of racial discrimination in our schools.¨ Mayes attorney, Bob Sykes, said that statement was baloney.

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