- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The Denver school district says a bus driver used an unauthorized device to keep an autistic student in his seat, and the family of the 3-year-old wants more information.

Denver Public Schools was investigating the incident and has placed the driver on administrative leave, KMGH-TV reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/15zgR4f ). The district informed Kathy Griffin, the child’s grandmother and one of his guardians, about the incident on Tuesday.

Griffin said a district supervisor told her she had been disturbed by video of the restrained child and would not show it to the family.

DPS is not releasing the video, citing the investigation and student privacy.

“I can only imagine what the footage was,” Griffin said.

LaKesha Rouse, the child’s other guardian, wants to see the video.

“What if they’re not disclosing everything to us because they’re so afraid of how upset we’re going to get? I feel like they’re hiding something,” Rouse said.

In a statement, a DPS spokesman confirmed that the bus driver used “an unapproved seatbelt-like device to keep a student in their safety seat.”

Rouse said the child rides the bus to preschool and wears a harness that buckles into a safety seat. She said the child could unbuckle his seat belt and that an aide is supposed to be on the bus to help if that happens.

“Instead, what they had been doing to him was tying him down on the bus with ropes and putting belts onto the thing because he comes out of the harness,” Griffin said. “I know it’s not safe to tie a child down anywhere, especially on a vehicle.”

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Information from: KMGH-TV, https://www.thedenverchannel.com

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