Chandler and Mesa Police last week released separate and unrelated reminders of the perils children can face just going or returning from school.
In Mesa, police accused an angry, now-ex school bus driver of suddenly slamming on the brakes in the middle of a street, causing an 11-year-old boy to fly forward and hit his head on the windshield.
And Chandler police issued a sketch of a man who tried to grab a fourth-grade girl on her way to Sirrine Elementary School, a Mesa school located in Chandler.
In the bus incident, driver Jamie Danielle Tellez sought no medical assistance for the 11-year-old, who suffered a head injury and left the bus holding his head after cracking the windshield, according to a Mesa police report.
Tellez’ actions, which included an obscene rant directed at several boys, were recorded by a video camera on the bus. Mesa Public Schools fired Tellez and reported him to Mesa police.
The police report said that Tellez, 51, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, threatening and intimidating, endangerment and reckless driving.
Tellez admitted to police that he lost his cool when a 10-year-old boy threw a piece of paper toward the garbage can and missed.
“Jaime admitted to stopping the bus abruptly in the middle of the street because he was upset that Victim 1 threw the trash. Jaime admitted to knowing the child struck his head against the window and not offering him medical attention, nor notifying anyone. Jaime admitted to using foul language and admitted he should not have reacted the way he did,’’ the court document said.
The 11-year-old boy’s parents took him to a hospital, where he was treated for a head injury.
Police said it was Tellez’s last bus run before he went on vacation because school was not in session this week. The incident occurred on Oct. 4 and Tellez was arrested on Oct. 8.
Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista praised MPS for taking action against Tellez and notifying police.
“The irresponsible behavior by this bus driver put several students in harm’s way and (Tellez) is facing multiple charges. We are thankful that our school district quickly reported this incident to our officers,’’ Batista said.
Meanwhile, Chandler Police Sgt. Jason McClimans said police are looking for a man who tried to grab the Surrine Elementary student around 7:15 a.m. Oct. 3 near the school, located at 591 W. Mesquite Road.
A white male in his 20s approached the girl and grabbed her arm as she was walking in the area of 99 W. Palomino Drive near Arizona Avenue north of Warner Road.
“The suspect did not speak or say anything to the fourth-grade student,” McClimans said. “The student was able to run to the school and reported the incident.”
The suspect was described as tall and wearing a black Adidas long-sleeved shirt, black pants, and possibly gray shoes. The Adidas logo was white and located on the front of the shirt.
It was reported the suspect had an odor of alcohol emitting from his person.
The intended victim not injured.
“The suspect’s direction of travel or method of travel is unknown,” McClimans said, and because there were witnesses, detectives encourage anyone with information to call the Chandler Police at 480-782-4130.