COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County bus driver, Peter Cullen, said he doesn't think Irena Fulton should have been arrested.
"It's a disgrace what's happening here," said Cullen.
Cullen said during the incident the 57 year old was at a severe disadvantage and feels anything the camera inside the bus caught is different from what the driver would have seen through her rear view mirror.
"We know that the camera that that came from is 3 feet above her seat."
The Collier County School District has rules drivers must follow in the event of a fight. Stop the bus and command the students to stop the disturbance and sit properly in their seats. If the students do not obey, drive the bus to a safe area while notifying the transportation office.
"Sometimes they're reasonable, you can call in for assistance. But in this case there was nobody at dispatch, at 7 o'clock at night everybody went home," said Cullen.
"The right thing was to call 911," said Rosemary Bautista, the victim's mother. "She did not do her job, she was responsible of all those kids on that bus."
One thing the mother of the 11 year old victim and Cullen agree on? Neither are happy with the case.
"I am going make sure that the people that did that to my son is gonna be punished," said Bautista.
Fulton has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the completion of the Sheriff's Office investigation. The student responsible for choking another child is charged with felony battery.