A ten year-old Colorado student was slapped and berated by a bus driver for not wearing her mask properly as she cried “I get sick from masks.”
The ten year-old girl wrote a statement revealing she told the bus driver “no, I get sick from masks.” The other young students joined the bus driver in harassing the girl over her mask usage.
According to the bus driver, Bertram Jaquez, the incident started after her noticed a group of young girls arguing with another girl about her mask. Jaquez approached the girl and attempted to forcibly raise her mask before slapping her in the face.
In a written statement to the school district Jaquez attempted to excuse his actions: “Out of reaction, I slapped her once,… I tried to explain and she just wouldn’t listen, yelling at me and the two girls.”
This is not the first time, however, that Jaquez has hurt a child over mask related arguments. A letter released by the Fremont County School District revealed that Jaquez had “grabbed a student by the arm after a verbal argument about wearing a facial covering.”
While the first incident on August 19th was not enough to warrant punishment, Jaquez has been fired and is now facing various misdemeanor charges including assault causing injury, harassment and child abuse.
For video of the incident, click here.