The 78-year-old driver had "been harassing the boy, making rude comments to him related to politics"
(Madeleine Morgenstern) A Wisconsin school bus driver has been fired after reportedly telling a 12-year-old boy he should have been aborted because his family had a Mitt Romney yard sign.
Bus company Durham School Services said in a statement that the driver in New Berlin, Wis. “engaged in a political debate with students” on Monday and “made an inappropriate remark to a child.”
“Durham immediately removed the driver from service pending an investigation, which resulted in the termination of the driver,” the statement said.
WISN 1130 cited blog Freedom Eden, which said the 78-year-old driver had “been harassing the boy, making rude comments to him related to politics.” When the boy responded that President Barack Obama supports abortion, the driver allegedly replied, “Maybe your mom should have chosen abortion for you.”
Durham spokesman Blaine Krage told TheBlaze he could not confirm the exact comment the driver made, saying only it was during a “debate about politics.”
“There was a political debate and then the driver did make that inappropriate remark and then we took appropriate action,” Krage said.
Full statement from Durham School Services:
Durham School Services was notified by a parent on Tuesday, Oct. 9, that a bus driver in New Berlin, Wisconsin, engaged in a political debate with students the previous day and made an inappropriate remark to a child. Durham immediately removed the driver from service pending an investigation, which resulted in the termination of the driver. Prior to this incident, the driver had an incident free record while serving the community as a Durham school bus driver for more than 20 years. Notwithstanding, the drivers remark was insensitive and inappropriate. Durham has apologized to the family. We remain strongly committed to the safe transportation of students in the community.
Listen to an interview with the mother of the boy:
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