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Mother speaks out after daughter dragged by school bus

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One mother couldn’t believe it when she learned her 6-year-old daughter was dragged by a school bus down the road.

Falon Abbassi, of Forsyth County N.C., said the incident happened on Monday, as her first grader, Chelsea, was going home.

Abbassi said her daughter's arm got caught in the bus’s door and then the driver started to drive away, dragging her daughter for more than half a mile.

“I was scared. I was scared to death. I got up there, I was shaking,” Abbassi said. “If she wasn't such a tough little girl, I think she probably would have been hurt a lot worse.”

Eventually the driver stopped, and surprisingly, Chelsea managed to walk away.

"Even where her shoe and her sock got damaged, her foot didn't have a scratch on it and I was completely shocked, I really was,” Abbassi said.

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools says the bus driver was a substitute, Rueben Hash.

He's been driving buses for the district since 2000. The district suspended Hash without pay and has recommended his dismissal.

“I just hope the bus drivers start paying a little bit more attention and that this doesn't happen again to any other student or parent,” Abbassi said, adding that she’s just happy her baby girl is okay. “I'm just thankful someone was watching over her yesterday.”

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