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Probe into bus driver 'pushing schoolboy'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

By Geraint Thomas / geraint.thomas@swwmedia.co.uk / @ThomasTheNews

Shane Roberts aged 12 with his mum Karen O'Shea.

Shane Roberts aged 12 with his mum Karen O'Shea.

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POLICE are investigating claims that a 12-year-old Swansea Valley schoolboy was pushed by a bus driver.

A Clydach mother claims her son was assaulted by a bus driver, after falling over when the vehicle suddenly braked, before being thrown down the steps after asking to get off.

The incident happened around 3.30pm on Tuesday as the bus was taking pupils home from Birchgrove Comprehensive School.

A spokesman for South Wales Police confirmed that officers were investigating the allegations.

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Karen O'Shea, of Heol Graig-Felin, Clydach, said that her son, Shane Roberts, was shaken up following the alleged incident.

Mrs O'Shea claimed: "My son was getting ready to get off and the driver slammed his brakes on and he slammed against the windscreen.

"When he asked for help the driver grabbed him by the arms and threw him back in his seat.

"Then my son got upset and asked to get off, but as he was going down the step the driver pushed him."

Mrs O'Shea also claimed that a member of the public had seen her son land on the ground after it had come to a halt near his home.

She added: "A member of the public called the police and was told not to move him and that they will arrange an ambulance.

"He went to the hospital and the doctors said he had a few cuts and bruises and to rest up for a few days, we were going to keep him off school but he had an exam."

The mother said that the alleged incident had upset her son and his friends, adding: "They are a good bunch — they don't get into trouble."

The mum, who said the police had already spoken to her and her son, added that she was amazed to find that there was only one adult, the driver, onboard at the time.

She said: "There was only the driver; I thought that there was supposed to be another adult on board.

"If there was another adult things like this could be prevented.

"The school hasn't said much other than the driver wont be used again and that the police were dealing with it."

She also added that usual driver was not on board that day.

A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "We have been made aware of the complaint and we understand the police are investigating.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further until these investigations are complete."

And a spokesman for South Wales Police added: "Police are investigating allegations of assault which happened in the Clydach area of Swansea on Tuesday, May 6. Enquiries are continuing."

A spokesman for the bus company, Swansea-based Let's Go Travel, said it did not want to comment on the matter until the police had completed their investigation.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  May 09 2014, 9:51PM

    Who supplied the crutches? Mam or the photographer?

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  • barnsleygit  |  May 09 2014, 9:34PM

    Having spoken to previous drivers of the said route I can reliably say that this bus run is known by the majority of school bus drivers, to the point that MOST drivers refuse to drive it, to quote a driver I spoke to, "They are ******* animals" I shall not diverge their name here but they have driven them on numerous occasions, The truth will eventually come out here and after the tacho has been checked (and yes the driver was using one) the drivers speed at the time of the incident will be proven, A tacho for those of you who are not in the no is a LEGAL document recorded by the vehicle and is so accurate it is admissible as evidence in a court of law, as for the driver in question all I can say is this, he has been working in the industry for many yeas and has an unblemished record, both in the UK and on the continent, YES I no him personally! and what he has been accused of I nor any of his collogues past and present could ever believe him to be capable of, The truth will out and until then were all there for you mate.

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  • sianlovescats  |  May 09 2014, 7:02PM

    @lisadav123: firstly, grammar and spelling ARE a cause for concern when the comment is completely unreadable. A few comments have been deleted by the posters, especially the ones by kimberly9from MENSA) who couldn't even spell the word 'the'. Really! And why are there comments flying around by the parent of the poor , frail, liiddle-widdle schoolboy who was allegedly assaulted by a bus driver, having a go and saying that 'you weren't there on the bus'. Well, the parent and their pals(yes-we all know that it's the same little group of idiots). What's so hilarious is that the ones shouting the loudest about the poor, poor, poor little injured darling...were not on the bus, either!!!!! Secondly, your intellectual powers are astonishing! You think I'm a trol? By reading my name? Wow, not only are your grammar and spelling suggestive of an ab ility to write award-winning poetry, like Shakespeare, but you could train as a psychologist or a criminal profiler! I'm not a troll but I have seen lots of little darlings behaving like animals and other specimens on the bottom of the food chain. And I szuspect that you have too, unless you have pulled your eyeballs out after reading your pile of ****** comments! Good to see tommos43 keeping a sense of perspective on the reality of what a driver experiences when faced with some of what passes for 'children' these days. And to the person that suggests that there should be a second adult on these buses, why should taxpayers like me pay for the unruly behaviour that some of these parents instill in their little darlings? Perhaps the chopsy commenters should volunteer to act as escort on these journeys? Having seen the picture above of the boy and his father, surely Dad can do the honours? He looks a bit scary, I reckon he could control little darlings like his own kid. One last point, lisadav: what are you on about when you said that the driver should not be driving in 'an awful manner'? Didn't you say that he 'braked with such a force'? I drove behind that school bus just a few weeks ago, it was clear that kids were not sitting down, did not use seat belts properly and were stood up long before the bus was near to a bus stop. The worst behaviour was after they disembarked and the kids wandered everywhere in a very haphazard way and crossed the road without checking that the road was safe. They caused chaos for other road users. And yes, they were from the same school as that kid. When my brother returns home from work later I shall post a link to his facebook page as soon as he posts the video. He will also send a copy to the bus company. That should be seen before the parent of the kid makes his attempt to 'retrieve' compensation from the company.

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  • tommos43  |  May 09 2014, 11:00AM

    Having spent several years as a bus driver.making countless school runs I can with confidence that once the bus pulls out of sight of school the children tend to behave like pack animal not that I'm saying Shane would behave in such a way he looks a litle a little angel alongside his mother,I do however agree that a supervising adult should make the journey with the little darlings,the driver is in a very vulnerable position

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  • lisadav123  |  May 08 2014, 9:59PM

    @dagzter - spelling and grammar are not the cause for concern on this story, its the issue that a child was assaulted by an 'adult'

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  • lisadav123  |  May 08 2014, 9:56PM

    no idea why my comment appears twice!

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  • lisadav123  |  May 08 2014, 9:48PM

    @nice_nails- there was no need for the driver to slam on his brakes, especially if there are passengers getting ready to get off the bus. bet you wouldnt be so quick to comment if it was a member of your family. and as for saying that the child could have gone through the windscreen for not adhering to the rules, surely the bus driver should be adhering to the rules by NOT driving in such an awful manner in a housing estate that caused him to slam on the brakes with such a force that caused this child to hit the windscreen. the driver is totally in the wrong with his actions towards this poor boy who only asked for help. i hope the driver gets his licence revoked so he doesnt cause any harm to any other innocent passenger. @sianlovescats - your name says it all really, a sad person who trolls the internet and hides behind the computer just to pass judgement on others. if the childs parent wants to discuss the incident on the internet then she is well within her rights too, just like the paper is within their rights to post the story on the internet. i think this mam is well justified to defend her son. At the end of the day, us parents who send their kids to school on the bus, should expect the driver to behave in a responsible manner whilst they have passengers onboard. on this occassion, the driver acted very irresponsible towards A CHILD. not even an adult, a child

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  • kaz26  |  May 08 2014, 9:48PM

    And what friend? I know none of you

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  • kaz26  |  May 08 2014, 9:46PM

    I'm not.....it was PRINTED in paper.....I've not said anything that has not been printed

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  • Dagztar  |  May 08 2014, 9:44PM

    Great spelling and grammar, Kiimberley... Back on the school bus for you!

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