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'The bus driver was trying to kill us': Parents outraged at driver

Posted at 3:55 PM, May 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-05 15:55:56-04

NAPERVILLE, IL (WLS/CNN) -Parents of students at an Illinois elementary school are outraged after their children reported a scary and dangerous bus ride.

The children said their bus driver screamed profanities at them and slammed the brakes in a way to throw them from their seats.

Grayson Jacquez described the rough ride on a school bus Thursday afternoon in Naperville, IL.

“He starts screaming because the first graders were doing something that was apparently bad, he just stomps the brakes and everybody flies and hits their seat,” said Jacquez, a Danielle-Joy Peterson Elementary student.

Jacquez, a fifth grader, said some of the children at his stop got off the bus in tears.

“All seven of the kids in our neighborhood came running to me, yelling to me, wanting help, upset,” said Sarah Jacquez, Grayson’s mother.

Another parent had a similar story.

“He came home crying and said mom the bus driver was trying to kill us,” said Traci Hesse.

The school’s principal sent a letter to parents about the incident which said, “The First Student bus driver did not exhibit safe driving practices and we have asked first student to remove this driver from our district. We have the highest expectation of first student to safely transport our students to and from school each day."

Parents in the neighborhood are thankful that their children were not hurt.

They want to make sure this never happens again.

“We all pay good taxpaying money to make sure our kids are safe,” Hesse said.  “It's scary."