Lawsuit: Bus driver blindfolded students

Published On: Aug 21 2013 07:22:55 AM HST

A recently filed lawsuit claims bus drivers blindfolded two special education students.

Now, the attorney for the children who were allegedly blindfolded sent a letter to the state auditor citing a number of families who say their special needs children were mistreated by Herrera Bus employees.

"The question becomes to what extent is this systemic?" says attorney Mark Fine.

Recent reports that a Herrera bus driver smoked spice before getting in a serious accident in Nevada don't surprise Fine.

Albuquerque Public Schools confirm that bus driver was a substitute driver for APS.

"There were red flags raised for APS already and this is a giant red flag," says Fine.

Fine and the family he represents pushed for APS to not renew Herrera's contract before the school year started.

"What else does APS need to see before they are going to do some level of investigation?  They have a duty to the students and the families," says Fine.

Right now, Fine is pushing to get the state auditor to investigate Herrera Bus Company.

"What is going on there, what is their hiring practice, how are they training, who are they training?" said Fine.

APS investigated the blindfolding case, but it does not currently have a wide-spread investigation into Herrera's.

School district officials said all APS bus drivers are required to pass a background check.  

Herrera school buses and coaches is one of 16 companies APS contracts to transport students.


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