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Kuna School District, deputies investigating reports of bus driver slapping student

Posted at 9:26 AM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 11:26:23-05

The Kuna School District and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office are investigating reports of a Kuna school bus driver who witnesses say slapped a student Thursday.

According to Kuna School District spokesman David Rinehart, a school bus had arrived at the Crimson Pointe Elementary School Thursday morning to drop students off for classes.

While the students were still on the bus, a physical fight broke out between several students, between the ages of nine and 11, he said.

“The driver intervened, verbally corrected the students, and returned to her seat,” Reinhart stated.

Reinhart also says some students reportedly shouted profanities at the driver.

It is not clear when the alleged slap took place.

The district is releasing few details about the incident and the events that happened next, citing an ongoing investigation.

Shortly thereafter, Reinhart said, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene to investigate the incident.

“(Investigators) interviewed eight of the students who were on the bus at the time to find out exactly what happened,” Reinhart said, since reports indicate witnesses say the driver slapped one of the students.

There was no surveillance camera on the bus.

Reinhart emphasized, “We feel secure that there was no physical contact between the driver and the students.”

The driver, whose name has not been released, has since been placed on an indefinite leave of absence until the investigation is complete.

There will be disciplinary action taken against the students involved in the fight, Reinhart stated.