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Driver, aide stood down after pillow case allegations

By Charlotte Harper - 9 November 2015 10

Jay and Danielle McMahon

The bus driver and aide at the centre of allegations about mistreatment of a special needs child have been stood down and are longer driving students with special needs to and from school.

The ACT Government has also reminded a bus company contracted to transport children with special needs of its obligations to engage staff with the appropriate skills, training and expertise.

The outcomes follow a series of print, online and radio media reports into allegations one of the company’s drivers had asked a special needs child, 13-year-old Jay McMahon (pictured with mum Danielle), to put a pillow case over his head and go to sleep while on the bus.

A spokesman for the ACT Education and Training Directorate said the transport company was contracted by the directorate to provide safe and secure transport of students and that the Directorate monitors this contract and responds to any concerns about the transport of students with a disability.

“The Directorate has been advised by the company that the driver and aide have been stood down and are no longer driving students with special needs to and from school,” he said.
“The Directorate has reminded the transport company of their obligation to engage staff with the appropriate skills, training and expertise to transport students with special needs.”

“The Directorate contacted the transport company after it was advised of the allegations to ensure they were immediately investigated. The Directorate has since also followed up with the family and the company about the allegations.

Jay’s mum Danielle McMahon was relieved after hearing conflicting reports earlier today suggesting the driver and aide, who she alleges called her son names and pushed him inappropriately, had been moved to different routes but were still transporting special needs kids in the ACT.

On hearing the news that both had been stood down she said she was glad they were off the bus and “away from our children”.

“Now for myself to help Jay overcome the trauma and anxiety from what happened,” she said.

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Driver, aide stood down after pillow case allegations
viking princess 6:16 pm 19 Nov 15

rommeldog56 said :

If it is true, it should never have happened. There is no excuse that could justify such a comment.

Isn’t it ACT Education that was investigating the “child in a cage” incident involving a child with a disability in an ACT school – Joy Birch as Minister ?

Was that report ever handed down ?

This week

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-18/act-government-report-responds-to-boy-in-cage-incident/6951362

viking princess 6:13 pm 19 Nov 15

cross said :

Ghettosmurf87 said :

cross said :

2 people have lost their jobs before all the facts are known.
Sounds fair

They haven’t been fired, they have been stood down pending the investigation.

Due care and diligence requires that you do not leave an accused person in a situation where more harm can occur while awaiting a verdict.

More harm is done if the same offences occur again than if the person is stood down. It is most likely that they are stood down on full pay pending the outcome.

Just the same as you wouldn’t leave a teacher accused of child abuse teaching in a school while you conducted the investigation.

No,at least one has been fired and is seeking legal advice

Yes, the facts are out there if anyone cares to know them.

cross 9:42 pm 13 Nov 15

Ghettosmurf87 said :

cross said :

2 people have lost their jobs before all the facts are known.
Sounds fair

They haven’t been fired, they have been stood down pending the investigation.

Due care and diligence requires that you do not leave an accused person in a situation where more harm can occur while awaiting a verdict.

More harm is done if the same offences occur again than if the person is stood down. It is most likely that they are stood down on full pay pending the outcome.

Just the same as you wouldn’t leave a teacher accused of child abuse teaching in a school while you conducted the investigation.

No,at least one has been fired and is seeking legal advice

Ghettosmurf87 10:30 am 13 Nov 15

cross said :

2 people have lost their jobs before all the facts are known.
Sounds fair

They haven’t been fired, they have been stood down pending the investigation.

Due care and diligence requires that you do not leave an accused person in a situation where more harm can occur while awaiting a verdict.

More harm is done if the same offences occur again than if the person is stood down. It is most likely that they are stood down on full pay pending the outcome.

Just the same as you wouldn’t leave a teacher accused of child abuse teaching in a school while you conducted the investigation.

murf6333 9:42 am 13 Nov 15

Just another example of what some people in the community think is justifiable to do with people that have mental health issues.
Did we not learn anything from the boy in the cage incident.

cross 10:23 pm 12 Nov 15

2 people have lost their jobs before all the facts are known.
Sounds fair

rommeldog56 10:29 pm 09 Nov 15

If it is true, it should never have happened. There is no excuse that could justify such a comment.

Isn’t it ACT Education that was investigating the “child in a cage” incident involving a child with a disability in an ACT school – Joy Birch as Minister ? Was that report ever handed down ?

gma 9:21 pm 09 Nov 15

As normal formal or official statement has been made, how do we know that the driver/aide has been stood down. An apology? Anything?

gma 9:19 pm 09 Nov 15

No excuse.

MERC600 5:53 pm 09 Nov 15

Well I suppose before Rioters pass judgement, we should get the full story. Perhaps we could find out what caused the driver to take the action he did.

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