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School bus driver caught on video slapping 10-year-old girl for not wearing mask properly; student pleaded, ‘I get sick from masks’

A school bus driver has admitted to slapping a 10-year-old girl for not wearing her face mask properly. The Colorado school bus driver caught on video slapping the young girl has since been fired and faces multiple charges.

A surveillance camera caught Bertram Jaquez on camera smacking a student in the face over a mask dispute. The video shows the bus driver confronting the girl at her seat on the vehicle. She allegedly moved the mask under her nose because she said, “I get sick from mask[s],” according to a statement the girl wrote about the incident that occurred in Fremont County.

Other children on the bus told the unnamed girl to put her mask back on. The girl wrote that she “yelled at them and said you shut up your [sic] not involved in this.” When she didn’t put her mask on correctly, the other kids informed the bus driver.

The bus driver told the child to put her mask all the way on, but she refused. “Out of reaction, I slapped her once,” Jaquez said in a written statement to the school district.