Bus driver fired for tying boy to seat

Bus driver fired for tying boy to seat
Photo: DPA
A public bus driver was fired from his job on Tuesday and is under investigation by police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia after he tied a rambunctious nine-year-old boy to a bus seat last week.

According to a police in the town of Kamp-Lintfort just northwest of Duisburg, the 60-year-old driver resorted to restraining the child on Friday when he refused to stop running around.

“After the boy repeatedly refused to take a seat and continued to run uncontrollably through the bus, the driver tied the boy temporarily to a seat to insure his safety during the ride,” a statement said.

A friend eventually untied the unruly boy, who later followed the driver’s rules, the statement added.

But on Tuesday the head of the bus company Heinz-Jakob Ohlenforst announced the driver had been fired.

“His behaviour was not acceptable, even if he’s now sorry,” he said.

Meanwhile the boy’s parents have filed a complaint against the driver for deprivation of liberty.

“The investigation is in full swing,” a police spokesperson told news agency DDP.

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