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Boston school bus driver off the job after incident with parent

A Boston school bus driver was placed on administrative leave after a dispute with a parent in Mattapan resulted in damage to the bus.

A Boston Public Schools official confirmed that the Thursday afternoon incident was captured on video and posted on YouTube.

“The incident arose over a dispute over the drop-off location,” Boston Public Schools spokesperson Dan O’Brien said on Friday.

Boston police said the bus was damaged during the altercation. There were five students on the bus at the time, according to a Boston Public Schools official.

Boston Police Department spokeswoman Rachel McGuire said the department is investigating the incident.

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“The bus driver is cooperating fully,” she said.

In a statement released Friday, Boston Public Schools said the bus company placed the driver on leave pending the results of an investigation.

“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,” O’Brien wrote in the statement.

Boston Public Schools said counselors are available to students at the Young Achievers K-8 School who witnessed the incident.

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