STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – Parents of children who were allegedly hit by their school bus monitors in Bulloch County are voicing their concerns.
Consuela Jones-Hodges and Donna Crawford are both demanding changes be made in the way the school district hires employees after they alleged their sons were the ones hit by bus monitors.
The first incident involving Jones-Hodges son, Perez, happened last year. She said a monitor grabbed and pushed her son, he hit his head and was diagnosed with concussions.
The second incident happened in April of this year when Crawford said her child was slapped by a different bus monitor, Carolyn Williams. Now, both mothers want to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
” They [Bulloch County School District] need to do some serious background check. Some serious background check on them,” Jones-Hodges said.
Jones-Hodges believes this new process would help prevent students from being hurt and prevent the altering of a child’s personality.
“He was real sweet, nice, calm. Now, he [Perez, her son] gotta a bunch of anger in him and stuff like that. He don’t want to be riding the bus with the bus monitors cause he scared something going to happen,” Jones-Hodges said.
Crawford echoed the same sentiments and said her son after being allegedly assaulted doesn’t want to “Go to school. He don’t want to get on the bus. He’ll try to make up every excuse not to go to school.”
News 3 reached out to the Bulloch County School District for comment on the hiring process for bus monitors. They replied in part:
“School bus personnel are required to submit to a Georgia Crime Information Center background check prior to employment…The school system would be immediately notified of any criminal activity.”
Attorney for the two mothers Andrew Bowen said he wants the school board to figure out why this keeps happening and share with him what’s the problem.
Bowen added, “We obviously feel like these children who have been injured deserve some compensation for what’s happened to them.”
Bowen also said a claim against the Bulloch County School Board on behalf of Jones-Hodges has been sent to the school board, but they have yet to respond.
However, the school board did tell News 3 both bus monitors have been fired.