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A Florida bus driver was fired after a video surfaced of him using a seat belt to tie up an autistic passenger.
Ilem Mintor is a Metro Mobility bus driver for autistic students. Mintor spoke to WPBF to tell them what caused him to tie up the 20-year-old autistic boy.
“I say, 'Don't do that, man,'... And I grabbed a seat belt. I say, 'If you keep doing that, I'm gonna wrap your hand and take you back home like this.' I'm just giving him the pressure now," Mintor said.
While Mintor was driving the boy kept attempting to open the rear. Mintor explained that he feared the young man would fall out of the car, so he tied him up as a way to prevent that situation.
However, the video evidence that has surfaced shows a contradiction to Mintor’s explanation of what happened. The video shows Mintor yelling at the boy before using what some consider to be unnecessary roughness to tie up the boy.
Metro Mobility did not endorse Mintor’s actions and have fired him for his conduct.
“Metro Mobility is shocked by the actions that this driver took. In no way, shape or form does Metro Mobility endorse what the driver did. It’s actually the opposite,” said Neil Schiller, the company’s attorney, according to News One.
Video courtesy of YouTube