COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.,- An 11-year-old talks to WINK News about the school bus attack that knocked him unconscious! The boy's mother says what's even more upsetting is the bus driver is under arrest for doing nothing to stop the assault!
"I thought I was going to die because my throat was squeezing so hard and I couldn't breathe and then the tears came out of my eyes," said Ivan Gutierrez.
11-year-old, Ivan Gutierrez is haunted by the images left in his mind after deputies say he attacked on his school bus by a classmate.
"I couldn't speak, I couldn't walk, I couldn't breathe."
"He can't sleep at night, he wakes up screaming, 'let go, let go. let go," said Rosemary Bautista.
While on the way from the Boys and Girls Club to Golden Gate Elementary School, Ivan says he was choked, punched and left unconscious by a nine-year-old boy.
"It was very painful when he choked me and I was unconscious, when I woke up from my unconscious, my throat hurt so much."
And to make matters worse, investigators say the bus driver did nothing to stop the attack.
"There's a big mirror where she could have seen the commotion going on, she could have stopped pulled to the side," said Bautista.
In fact, the sheriffs report says Irena Fulton, a substitute driver, continued to drive the bus as students were standing in the aisle and on the seats.
"She needs to be fired because she did not do her job, she was responsible for all those kids on that bus," said Bautista.
The report says the bus driver finally questioned what was going on as Ivan was being helped off the bus. It says "Mrs. Fulton stops (the boy) who shouts 'he's not dead! He can walk'."
"Mrs. Fulton states 'you wait right here! You want him be dead?' again, (the boy) says, 'he's not dead! We were playing'!"
The school district is investigating and says the bus driver is on paid administrative leave. She faces a felony child neglect charge. The nine-year-old, who we are not naming because of his age, is accused of felony battery. Ivan's mother tells us that boy has been suspended, but the school district will not confirm that.