Jasmine Mateen, the mother of one of the Chattanooga school bus crash victims, says she repeatedly complained about the bus’s driver for months prior to Monday’s accident. The crash resulted in the deaths of five students, including Mateen’s daughter.

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According to Mateen, the driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, regularly tormented the Woodmore Elementary School students, “slamming on brakes on purpose, making all the kids hit their heads.” After listening to several complaints from her children, Mateen brought the issue before the Board of Education, Woodmore Elementary, and Durham School Services — and even wrote a letter to Walker himself.

When the school principal read her letter aloud to Walker, Mateen says he replied by saying, “So? I’d do it again.”

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On the day after the accident, the heartbroken mother reminded school officials of her past complaints.

“I’ve been calling y’all since August,” Mateen told them. “Now y’all doing what y’all supposed to been doing now that it’s too late … Y’all doing what y’all supposed to be doing, but my baby laying in a cold freezer.”

Grieving Chattanooga mother says she notified the school about the bus driver months before the deadly crash AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
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