District officers drag driver out of school bus full of kids

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

HOUSTON—Students at Burbank Middle School were trying to understand why their bus driver was arrested on Wednesday afternoon.

The driver was transporting a bus was full kids, when witnesses said an HISD officer used force to pull the driver out.

“It’s unfair,” eighth grader Ashley Cosio said. “At the same time, it’s all just confusing.”

Parents said the driver was screaming as the officer grabbed and dragged her off. Children as young as Pre-K watched and screamed too.

“You’re just shocked that this actually happened,” Cosio said. “And you don’t know what to say because you haven’t heard the other side of the story.”

The HISD identified the driver as 56-year- old Ana Arratia, a private bus driver. A spokesperson could not go into detail on her personnel’s past.

They released a statement saying:

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, HISD police allege that a private bus operator refused to obey an officer’s request to move a vehicle out of a lane blocking other vehicles from exiting the Burbank Middle School driveway.  The driver then physically resisted the officer as the officer attempted to take her into custody.  A charge of assaulting a peace officer is expected to be filed against the bus operator on Friday.

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