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French Island mother concerned over how complaints of bus driver have been handled



A French Island mother is upset with a school bus driver’s actions and behavior toward her autistic son.

Among the allegations from the mother are how the driver has complained about the long drive she has to pick up the boy. The driver also apparently refused to let her son on the bus.

The last, as told by Felicity Baldwin, the mother of Northside Elementary student Tuthais (pictured above): “He decided he was going to jump off the bottom step of the bus,” Baldwin said. “He ended up falling to his butt. And this (bus driver) speeds off with her door still open and my son still on the ground.”

Those are just some of the allegations from Baldwin against the GO Riteway bus driver. She also said the company told her that the allegations were captured on video.

Baldwin added that GO Riteway initially told her the driver was fired, but apparently that’s not true. The driver has apparently just reassigned to another route.

Baldwin says the bus company should do more.

“If one of my kids acted up on the bus or if they’re rude or they hurt somebody or attempt to hurt somebody, they would get kicked off the bus,” Baldwin said. “Why would a bus company want a driver like that to represent them and to put the kids that they’re trying to protect in danger?”

Baldwin also says the woman has been condescending to her son.

GO Riteway is contracted out by the La Crosse School District.

In a statement, the company said: “GO Riteway is investigating the concern made by a parent and has been in direct communication with the family. Student safety is always the number one priority of GO Riteway and the School District of La Crosse.”

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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  1. Tina Welke

    October 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Wondering if this is the same driver who told the students from another school they were the worst “God damn” students ever. And when Riteway was called they watched the video and said the students were misbehaving, but you never say that kind of stuff to children.

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