North Charleston student alleges inappropriate comments and touching by school bus driver
A Charleston County School of the Arts student is alleging that she was the target of a school bus driver’s inappropriate comments and touching.
The student, an eighth-grader who is not being identified, told police that the inappropriate behavior has been going on for about two years, according to an incident report.
The Durham School Services bus driver, who police have not charged, is a 45-year-old man, according to the report.
The student told police the driver told her he loved her and called her “his hoe” and a “hoochie,” the report stated.
She also told investigators the driver would talk about how he was a pimp and told her to “come and give pimp daddy some sugar,” according to the report. He also told the girl he couldn’t wait until she turned 18, the report stated. The student also told police the driver touched her lower back and leg, according to the report.
A second person, a female minor, also alleged that the driver made inappropriate comments toward her and touched her on the back of her leg. It was unclear if the second girl also is a School of the Arts student.
Investigators reached out to the school district’s security director, who contacted Durham, according to police.
The driver was pulled from the route before the next school day, police said. He was placed on administrative leave, according to Charleston County School District officials.
Durham School Services issued a statement Wednesday saying its top priority is the safety of the students it transport. “We take this allegation very seriously and are currently investigating the claim made. We will work closely with our district partner and local authorities to address the alleged complaint. As we investigate, the driver involved has been removed from his route duties.”