HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A Hampton mother was finally able to see the video of what happened to her daughter on a school bus.
For more than a month Amira Abbott has been in a neck brace.
"It only really hurts when I move it a certain way," Amira said.
Finally on Monday, her mother got to see the school bus video tape from the day she got hurt - the day Amira claims the driver lost control.
"You can hear her screaming at the children at the top of her lungs. It was almost animalistic. She literally kind of growled," Jammie Abbott said.
Jammie was not able to see exactly how Amira got hurt, because the bus seats are taller than the second grader.
From what she could see, Jammie said the impact was not as bad as she'd feared, but the drivers demeanor was worse.
10 On Your Side tracked down the driver at home. Brenda LaFrance would not talk, but her husband did.
He said, "Well she's been cleared of everything on the bus by the police department, child protective services, the people she works with, risk management, so I'd say there's nothing she's done wrong."
He claims LaFrance's foot slipped off the brake and when she put it back on, the bus stopped short.
"What happened that day, I'll say this much to it, was an accident that could've happened to you, or him or anybody out there on the road," he said.
But Abbott claims, "If she didn't intentionally do it, why stand up and start yellin' and screamin' at them?"
Jammie's concern now is for the future.
Documents obtained by WAVY.com show LaFrance is still employed as a Hampton school bus driver.
It's unclear what, if any kind of punishment or training has been ordered. We're told that is a private personnel matter.
Jammie said she wants to make sure the driver has been held accountable and that from now on, school administrators will be more transparent.
"They've made it more dramatic then it ever should have been, if they'd let me see the video it would not have gotten to this level," said Jammie.
But it did get to this level, and the school board should know she's now ready to take it to the next. "When the next election comes up, you'll probably see my name on the ballot."
WAVY.com did receive some more information from Hampton Schools Monday afternoon.
A spokesperson said the Superintendent had a meeting scheduled with Ms. Abbott two weeks ago and that the tape was available at that time. However, she said Ms. Abbott failed to come to that meeting, and did not call to say she would not be coming.
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