A Tennessee mother decided to confront her children’s school bus driver on September 28, after she said the bus driver made her children cry.
In a now viral video of the incident, the mother, Cassaundra Rubi, could be heard telling her four children she loves them and hopes they have a good day before turning to the bus driver and asking: ‘Please, don’t yell at my kids today.’
The female bus driver, whose name has not been publicly released, then angrily retorts: ‘I don’t yell at your kids.’
Rubi replies, ‘Yeah, you do,’ to which the bus driver, who is now handing the children masks for the bus says: ‘No I do not, you shut your mouth.’
‘Who do you think you are?’ Rubi shoots back in the viral video.
‘Who do you think you are?’ the bus driver replies.
‘I’m asking you not to yell at my kids,’ Rubi responds, to which the bus driver says: ‘How dare you tell me not to yell at your kids?’
‘Yes, they cry every day,’ Rubi says, before the bus driver pulls away and appears to give her the middle finger.
‘Oh hell nah, did she flip me off?’ Rubi wrote in the TikTok video, which has been viewed more than 31 million times.
A Tennessee woman took a video asking her children’s school bus driver not to yell at her children after she allegedly made them cry
Cassaundra Rubi asked the driver (pictured), ‘Please, don’t yell at my kids today’
The bus driver denied ever yelling at her children, but soon grew heated and started yelling at Rubi, saying: ‘How dare you tell me not to yell at your kids?’
In follow-up videos, Rubi explained that her children range in age from four to 10 years-old, but her five year-old is the youngest one to ride the bus to school in the Washington County School District every day.
They sit in the first two rows, she said, and one week prior to the viral incident, the bus driver helped her son onto the bus and then pushed him into the seat, the mom claimed.
And just the day before the video was taken, Rubi claims, the bus driver told her children that their mom had to ‘grow up and take them to school.’
Rubi was going to pick them up the following day, after the video was taken, she said, but a representative from the bus company called her and said they want to monitor her, and asked if she would let her children once again ride the bus.
Rubi said the representative explained that the school buses are equipped with security cameras, but ‘they can’t retrieve the footage.’
Rubi later asked someone at the company whether the bus driver would be fired, to which he replies: ‘Probably.’
In follow-up videos, Rubi alleged that the bus driver once pushed her son into a seat and told her children she should ‘grow up and take them to school’
Washington County School District officials said they are now investigating the incident
In a statement to WJHL, the Washington County School District confirmed that another driver is now working the route, but a spokesman could not confirm the status of the driver in the video’s employment.
‘The Washington County Schools administration is taking immediate and decisive action to address a complaint made to school officials alleging employee misconduct of a WCS bus driver captured on video during a bus route yesterday, Tuesday, September 28, 2021,’ the statement began.
‘The physical and social-emotional well-being of our students and staff remains a top priority,’ it continued. ‘It is our policy to fully investigate all allegations and take necessary actions upon completion of the investigation process.
‘The District cannot discuss confidential personnel matters,’ the statement said. ‘However, we want to assure all of our stakeholders of the Washington County Schools community that all allegations of misconduct are taken seriously by the district.
‘Steps will be taken to address any misconduct that does not align to our district’s and community’s expectations of professional conduct.’
Prior to this year, Rubi told WJHL her children loved riding the bus. But now, she said, ‘they come home crying.
‘So I was like, let me just ask her nicely, please don’t yell at my kids,’ Rubi said of her rationale. ‘Honestly, I thought her response was going to be completely different.’
‘Maybe it was because I had mentioned something to her and maybe her heart rate got up, but the way it was handled was not OK,’ she said. ‘I felt so disrespected by her.’
She said she now thinks the school district should re-evaluate all of their drivers, and look at the footage ‘to make sure their drivers are doing their job, and they are being respectful to our children.’