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.
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.