DAFT DRIVER: Deaf Toddler was Threatened to be Kicked Off the School Buss for Being too Noisy


Were they so blind they couldn’t see the hearing aids popping out of his ears?

A dad travelling with his deaf son claims a bus driver threatened to throw them off because the two-year-old was being too noisy.

Kyle Johnson, 23, was on his way back from a hospital appointment with son Ethan when the boy got excited and started talking loudly.

He says the driver called him over and said other passengers had complained.

Mr Johnson said he was given the ultimatum of either getting Ethan to quieten down or the pair would have to get off.

Thankfully, Mr Johnson managed to lull the toddler to sleep in his pushchair and they stay on the bus.

But he has accused the First bus driver of discrimination.

The supermarket cleaner, from Plymouth, Devon, said: “I explained to the driver that Ethan was deaf, but his response was ‘I really can’t do a lot, I’ve had complaints’.

“It’s just discrimination against a disabled child at the end of the day.”

“The driver said I had one choice – either I got Ethan to quieten down or I would have to get off the bus.

“I’ve had a couple of friends who have deaf children and they’ve told me it’s happened to them numerous times.”

Ethan suffers moderate hearing loss in one ear and severe loss in the other, and was travelling back from a development check up at Scott Hospital in Plymouth.

Mr Johnson said the driver called him over a few stops into the journey on Wednesday to give them the warning.

He said it was the second time he has been threatened by bus drivers over Ethan making too much noise.

“He said a couple of passengers who had got off had made a complaint about the noise,” said Kyle.

“I said ‘what am I meant to do? He’s two-and-a-half and has hearing loss’.

“The driver said I had one choice – either I got Ethan to quieten down or I would have to get off the bus.

Read more: mirror.co.uk

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