A Boston school bus driver is on administrative leave after driving away while a man clung to the bus mirror in Mattapan. The incident is also under investigation by the Boston Police Department. In cellphone video the man is seen hanging from a rear-view mirror mounted on the driver's side of the bus.
The vehicle moves down the street, and the dangling man eventually appears to regain his footing.
Several children were on the bus at the time.
The man hanging from the mirror was James Burdett, who says he was upset about recent changes to the bus stops. He admits he tried standing in front of the bus to make the driver to let his child off.
He said once the bus started moving, there was no time to get out of the way.
"It was too late," he said. "I had to grab on because he was already going."
Burdett grabbed onto the mirror when the driver moved the bus forward.
"He pressed on the gas again and hit my leg," Burdett said. "Then I grabbed on for dear life and he kept going."
YouTube link. Raw video of the incident.
Dan O'Brien, press secretary for Boston Public Schools, said: "The Boston Public Schools does not tolerate any kind of behaviour that places people’s lives in danger or compromises pubic safety. Transdev, the contractor that operates all BPS school buses, immediately removed the driver from service and placed him on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
BPS is cooperating fully with the Boston Police Department, which responded to the incident and is currently investigating the matter."