Mom upset after daughter's bloody nose during bus ride - WSMV Channel 4

Mom upset after daughter's bloody nose during bus ride

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A mother is demanding answers after her daughter got off the school bus hurt and bloodied.

The mom said the girl's bus driver admitted he was speeding and had to slam on the brakes, but when she went to school officials with her concerns, the story had changed.

Brandi Lyons said she doesn't want the bus driver to lose his job. She just wants an apology and for him to tell the truth.

Lyons' daughter, third-grader Jevonia Howse, is scared to ride her school bus now after the incident Friday left her with busted lips and a bloody nose.

"My bus driver was going real fast and hit the brakes, and I fell and busted on my lip - my lips - on the back part of the seat in front of me," Jevonia said.

Lyons said the bus driver from Smithson-Craighead Academy called her, saying Jevonia just had a minor nosebleed.

"It's blood everywhere on this shirt, and it was in her hands, and she had a wad of tissue that was just bloody. So this doesn't look like a minor nosebleed, and this isn't an 'oops' like the bus driver called it," Lyons said.

The mother said the bus driver, later Friday, admitted to her he may have been speeding and slammed on his brakes, causing the 8-year-old to hit the seat in front of her.

However, when Lyons called school officials Monday, she said the transportation director told her the driver claims he was not speeding.

"I was told she hit the back of the seat, then I was told she fell. And today, they're like she was sleep and just slid off of the seat," Lyons said.

She also said the transportation director told her Jevonia broke a bus rule by sleeping on the bus.

"I didn't know that was a rule, but I actually think it's kind of crazy," Lyons said.

The school's principal said it doesn't appear the bus driver was speeding and believes Jevonia simply fell asleep and fell over.

But, the principal admits the driver calling the situation "minor" was wrong. She said there is now a new protocol for drivers reporting incidents on the bus.

As for as that no-sleeping-on-the-bus rule, the district's transportation director told Channel 4 News there is no written rule, but they encourage students to stay awake for their own safety.

Also, because of the incident and bloody nose, the school said Jevonia is being assigned to a new bus.

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