Reposted from a story online Published 8:25 AM MDT Oct 09, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —An Albuquerque mother says a school bus driver will no longer allow her daughter, who has cerebral palsy, to board the special needs bus.
Carol Montoya told KOAT Action 7 News she received a threatening text message from the driver, after Montoya made it clear her daughter Valarie, a second-grader at Chaparral Elementary, requires extra attention and special care.
“I guess she was fed up,” Montoya said of the driver, “and she told me my daughter has too many medical problems that she couldn’t handle.”
Montoya said she received an obscenity-laced text message from the driver that read, “Get your f–ing fat a– up and take your own f–ing retarded daughter to school. I ain’t no nurse and sh–.”
A spokesperson for Albuquerque Public Schools confirms that Montoya sent them that text message. The district has now handed it over to APS Police, and the driver is now under investigation for harassment.
The spokesperson added that they are asking the driver’s bus company, Herrera, to remove the driver from all APS routes.
KOAT Action 7 News’ calls to the driver and Herrera Bus Company were not returned. The doors were locked at Herrera’s headquarters when a news crew showed up Tuesday evening.
Montoya said she wants the driver’s supervisor to explain: how a special needs bus driver can keep her job, while refusing to meet the basic requirements.
“They made it seem like my daughter is a burden to them, when in reality that’s what they’re hired for.”