Caught on camera: Father dragged by school bus

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BOSTON — A school bus driver in Boston has been caught on video dragging a man who was clinging to his vehicle.

Disturbing video shows parents screaming as a man dangles from a school bus in Mattapan.

James Burdett, now walking with a limp, says it all began after school on Thursday when he tried to pick his five-year-old daughter up at the bus stop.

“I tried to get my daughter off the bus, he refused to open the door, so I dangled in front of the bus, to try to stop him,” Burdett said.

Parents say there have been some confusion after changes were made to the location of the stops.

Burdett says once he was in front of the bus, things took a turn for the worse.

“I was scared because my daughter’s on the bus, five years old, crying, telling him, ‘That’s my dad, that’s my dad,'” Burdett said.

Eventually, the bus did stop and police were called to the scene.

In the video, it’s hard to tell why Burdett grabbed on versus moving out of the way.

The bus driver is off the job while police investigate.

Dan O’Brien, press secretary for Boston Public Schools, provided this statement about the incident:

“The Boston Public Schools does not tolerate any kind of behavior that places people’s lives in danger or compromises pubic safety. Transdev, the contractor that operates all BPS school buses, immediately removed the driver from service and placed him on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.”

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