When two children argued on a school bus for special needs students in Jutland on Thursday, it proved too much for the driver.
The driver pulled the bus over and made one of the children, 10-year-old William Bæk, get out. The driver said it was to calm the boy down. According to the driver, while they were standing at the side of the road about halfway between the boy’s home in Vemb and his school in Holstebro, the boy took off running through a field.
Not wanting to leave the other children unattended, the driver decided to continue the journey without William. That decision has now cost him his job.
“He is no longer with us. That is the consequence we have decided to take,” John Skov, a co-owner of the bus company Skjern Bilen, told Berlingske.
The boy’s parents said the bus driver’s actions were inexcusable.
“William was very unhappy when he called me. He had no idea where he was,” Charlotte Bæk told Berlingske, saying that she picked her son up and took him to school after he called her from the side of the road.
“As a parent you should be able to feel safe when you send your child on the bus,” said the boy’s father, Jens Bæk.