Driver ?harassed? students
MOTHER of five Judith Williams says she was left with little choice but to pull her children out of their Murwillumbah schools and reenrol them at the small Stokers Siding Public School to stop harassment - by a bus driver.
Ms Williams said she feared the schooling of her 11-year-old daughter who attended Murwillumbah East Public School and her fiveyear-old twins at Murwillumbah South Infants School was suffering after they constantly became upset by the attitude of the driver.
The case has highlighted the difficulties and responsibilities faced by school-bus drivers and the frustration some parents may have.
Ms Williams said school principals were unable to take any action against the driver who she claims singled her children out for checks on their school bus passes every time they boarded, and the company simply supported him.
"I pulled my kids out of the school and put them in another school so they don't have to catch that bus," she said. Ms Williams said her daughter Lisa, 11, was particularly upset at being singled out for bus-pass checks and claimed the driver failed to take action when she reported to him that she was tormented by other students on the bus.
When she approached the bus company she was met with an attitude of "they were right; I was wrong".
Ms Williams said her children now catch a different bus to Stokers Siding school.