Marion school bus driver suspended after parent says he pinched girl

MARION, Ark. — A bus driver for the Marion School District was suspended and is under investigation by police after a parent reported "improper conduct," the district says.

The mother of a nine year old student at one of the district's elementary schools made the complaint against a driver Friday, Superintendent Glen Fenter said. It was immediately turned over to the Marion Police Department.

The mother posted on Facebook, and claimed the bus driver pinched her nine-year-old daughter's breast.

If the allegations are true, the driver could be fired, Fenter said. The district has not decided if he will be paid during suspension.

The district won't say how long the driver has worked with the district, but did say the driver has never been accused of anything like this before. The girl's mom says her daughter doesn't want to ride the bus anymore

"I can relate. It's hurtful," one Marion-area resident says. She claims a bus driver touched her breasts when she was in high school. She hopes these allegations aren't true and feels bad for the little girl if they are.

"You should be able to trust him. He's your bus driver. You should be able to feel safe and comfortable," she says.

The bus driver has not been charged with a crime. We'll let you know if that changes.

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