Louisville, Kentucky – a civil trial was held Tuesday, July 13, against a former school bus driver and a school district over a horrifying 2015 incident caught on video showing a 6-year-old being dragged by a school bus.
The footage, which was published on Thursday, shows a 6-year-old girl’s bag become trapped in the double doors as she disembarked the school bus, much to the surprise of bus driver Melinda Sanders, who continued driving the vehicle, dragging the girl for at least 1,000 feet. Sanders became aware of the event as a bystander honked at the bus, and she can be heard exclaiming, “Oh my God, Oh my God!” as she raced to help the trapped child.
The Jefferson County School District dismissed Sanders as a result of the event. According to Complex, the child’s parents filed a lawsuit charging the driver and the school system of carelessness. The defendants were charged with breaking 16 important bus-driving laws, according to the family’s counsel.
According to Wave 3 News, the school system teaches bus drivers to keep an eye on children as they depart the bus to protect their safety. Attorneys allegedly questioned Sanders in court about the significance of all children remaining seated while the car is moving, given that the footage showed pupils standing while the vehicle was moving.
“The loading and unloading of children is the moment of truth. Let nothing distract you. Let nothing distract you,” a lawyer in the courtroom told Sanders. “What does that mean to you?”
Sanders answered, “It means a lot to me, and I wish… that I had followed that that day.” and “I can’t take that day back.”
According to Wave 3 News, the attorneys are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages from the action. Judge Anne O’Connell of Jefferson County Court will make the decision.