JOHNSTON, Iowa -- 15-year-old Christian Suarez, a Johnston student with special needs, says he's scared to go back to school and even more scared to ride the bus. That's because last Thursday, a video showed he was attacked by his bus driver, 61-year-old Robert Scarborough.
Suarez admits he was acting up on the bus, sitting where he wasn't supposed to.
"The bus driver asked me to move and I didn't want to so I said no."
That's when Suarez says Scarborough stopped the bus and approached him.
"I threw a book at him. Then he came, " Suarez said. "He pulled me by my ear and I punched him. He told me punch me again. I dare you. and I didn't want to. I told him no. And then he just lost his temper for some reason."
That's when Suarez says, Scarborough threw him to the floor. Scarborough could then be heard unleashing on another student.
"I was mad, angry, and scared," Suarez said.
A school spokeswoman initially told us there have been no complaints about Scarborough, but Tuesday she admitted she was mistaken, and there had been another parent complaint about a week earlier. Suarez's attorney says the district should have acted on that complaint.
"We are aware that a parent complained about his anger and several of the other kids have talked about that he has these ongoing angry outbursts over the last two months," Attorney Kim Baer said. "And certainly not taking those seriously created this situation."