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Muskogee man says bus driver called eight-year-old granddaughter 'the b-word'

Posted at 7:59 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 04:15:50-04

MUSKOGEE -- A Muskogee grandfather is outraged after he said a school bus driver yelled profanities at his grandchildren on the school bus last week.

“It just gets to me! You don’t do that to babies,” Donald McJunkins said.

McJunkins said he can’t sleep or eat knowing a bus driver is still working for Muskogee schools after yelling profanities at his grandchildren on the bus Thursday morning.

“I had to get up in church yesterday and give a testimony, and I couldn’t hold back my emotions. It’s getting to me now, because I couldn’t do anything to save my babies,” said McJunkins.

McJunkins claims a different driver told the bus driver that morning that his grandkids had been fighting in the past. McJunkins said after watching the bus cam video, there was no sign of his grandchildren acting out, only the driver.

“For no rhyme or reason, she just jumped up and said let me tell you something,” said McJunkins.

He said the bus driver yelled at his nine-year-old grandson Charles, then told his eight-year-old granddaughter, Charliah to get off the bus. He said the driver then called Charliah a bad name.

“It made me feel like she was going to do something to me, but I tried not to look back when she called me the b-word, because I thought that she was going to chase me,” said Charliah Ruffin.

“I thought she was crying. I was like, y’all have my sister sitting out in the cold,” said Charles Ruffin.

2 Works For You reached out to the school district. Officials said they don’t condone the driver's behavior for using bad language towards the students.

The district suspended the bus driver for two days, but McJunkins said that’s not enough for the pain she caused his family.

“She needs to be terminated. No one should talk to a kid like that,” said McJunkins.

The superintendent told 2 Works For You that the bus cam video is now going into the bus driver’s personal file as a confidential document.

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