Leander bus driver fired following alleged assault of student


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL


Posted on December 7, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 11:26 PM

CEDAR PARK -- A Leander bus driver is no longer employed with the school district after an alleged assault of a nine-year-old student.

Cedar Park Police are investigating the incident. Officers say Helmut Derer was driving a school bus Wednesday in the 200 block of Capulit Mountain when two students began fighting, a brother and sister.

The student's mother tells KVUE she was allowed to view the bus surveillance video the incident.

According to the mother, her son and daughter were verbally arguing in the video. She says the driver stopped the bus and turned off the ignition. She says when the ignition turned off, the camera turned off. When the camera came back on, the mother says her son was lying in the seat crying.

She says the video shows Derer grabbing her son's shirt, shaking him so hard his student's head hit a wall. The student began kicking the driver, so Derer began kneeing the 4th grader. 

Leander ISD fired Derer. Police are investigating. They're deciding whether to file class C misdemeanor charges of assault by contact.

The school would not confirm whether this driver has been in trouble before.  A spokeswoman for the district says Derer has worked for Leander ISD for 8 years.


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