Video Shows Bus Driver Telling Boy With Autism to Get Off Bus

The mother of a boy with autism has hired a lawyer after her son was kicked off a bus for being too noisy

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    A disabled boy was kicked off a bus after the driver said he had enough of his outbursts. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (Published Thursday, Sep 4, 2014)

    From the moment he boards the bus, it is obvious Andre isn't like most 11-year-old boys.

    His mother says the banging and screaming are impulses he can't control because he is autistic.

    But she also believes he has a right to ride the bus like anyone else.

    On-board video from the bus shows what happened during a 30-minute ride he took with his grandfather from Laguna Hills to Mission Viejo, a ride his mother said usually calms him down.

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    A mother is outraged and wants answers as to why her 11-year-old son who has autism and his grandfather were thrown off an Orange County Transit Authority bus Monday, Aug. 11, when the boy started making noises. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Mission Viejo Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (Published Thursday, Aug 14, 2014)

    But after 20 minutes the Orange County Transit Authority driver can be seen warning Andre and his grandfather to be quiet.

    Later the driver calls dispatch to ask how he should handle this passenger. Andre can be seen struggling with his grandfather.

    When the bus stopped at Saddleback College, the driver told the pair to get off. It was evident Andre did not want to go.

    It is an unfortunate situation, said Joel Zlotnik, an OCTA spokesman, but the driver has to think about the safety of operating the bus and he felt distracted.

    The boy's mother filed a complaint and got a letter from the transit authority which says coach operators are trained to handle people with disabilites.

    His parents say Andre has been riding buses since he was 4, something they hope he can do again.

    Reached by phone, Andre's mother said she has hired an attorney and has not seen the video. But she said her gaol is to have an impact, to teach others about autism.

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