Mother who & # 39; racist & # 39; school bus driver accused of deliberately closing the door of her 14-year-old biracial son and dragging him across the street, settles with the Utah district for $ 62,000
- The incident occurred at the West Point Junior High School entrance in Davis County, Utah, where students got off a school bus
- A 14-year-old boy began to leave the bus when the driver, John Naisbitt, seemed to close the door on the boy's backpack before driving about 175 feet
- The boy dangled on the outside of the bus near the right front wheel
- The boy's mother, Brenda Mayes, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son, arguing that Naisbitt was racist and that the school district had not disciplined him
- Naisbitt denied being racist and said: "Look at my dog. He is as black as can be & # 39;
The mother of a biracial student who was dragged across the street by a school bus in Utah arranged a civil rights trial for $ 62,500.
The incident happened at the West Point Junior High School in Davis County, Utah, in February when students got off the bus.
Surveillance camera recordings show the bus doors that close on the boy's backpack before the bus drives off, leaving him hanging dangerously while being dragged 175 feet down the street.
Mother Brenda Mayes accused driver John Naisbitt of being racist and said he had deliberately closed her son's bus door after a history of showing & # 39; racial animus and discriminatory behavior & # 39; to mixed race students.
The boy's family settled with Davis School District for $ 62,500, Mayes & # 39; attorney Robert Sykes told reporters.
The 14-year-old boy (with the red backpack in the image above) was dragged by a school bus last February for his high school in a suburb of Utah
The doors can be seen closing on his backpack before the bus drives off
The lawsuit also claimed that the Naisbitt had previously harassed other mixed race students, and said there were three reports in the file that went back to September 2017.
Naisbitt denied being racist and said the incident with the son of Mayes was an accident.
& # 39; I didn't see him there, & # 39; Naisbitt told CNN branch KSTU. & # 39; If I had done that, I would have stopped. & # 39; He further claimed that the boy had organized the incident after disciplining his brother.
A few days after the incident, Naisbitt withdrew.
When asked by a KSTU reporter about the allegations, he insisted that he & # 39; not at all & # 39; racist, and added: & # 39; Look at my dog. He is as black as can be. & # 39;
The boy's mother, Brenda Mayes, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son, arguing that Naisbitt was racist and that the school district had not disciplined him
Naisbitt denied being racist and told a reporter: & Look at my dog. He is as black as can be & # 39;
Brenda Mayes is walking with her sons after a press conference in May
After the settlement, Mayes' lawyer, Robert Sykes, said: “This is a fair settlement and the family is happy with it. There was clearly a racist act, and this is something terrible that the bus driver has done. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; This school district needs some action to rule in this bad behavior, hopefully they will take some action. & # 39;
In a statement, district spokeswoman Shauna Lund said: & # 39; We take these matters very seriously and do everything we can to protect students. & # 39;
In May, the child's mother spoke to reporters at a press conference and said, "I couldn't even understand how it could happen. I was blown away. I was angry. I was glad he didn't kill him … I was glad he didn't go under the wheel. & # 39;
"The driver knew what he was doing," she added.
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