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Woman Who Shared Controversial Bus Driver Video Talks

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JOSHUA (CBSDFW.COM) - For the first time, the young woman who shared a video that led to an internal investigation is coming forward.

Sierra Snider, is not a student in the Joshua ISD, but says she was concerned about behavior on her brother's school bus.

On Friday, when he brought home cellphone video that captured some tough talk, he showed it to his family.

"And one of these days she's going to clock off to the wrong person and when she does they're going to clock her and put her a** in the dirt,' a woman's voice is heard saying.

Snider would share that cellphone video on Facebook. The video currently has 3,000 views.

"I was like, something has to be done. If I was a parent and I had a kid on a bus, I'd want to know," Snider says.

Her brother who recorded the video on his cellphone camera says bus driver Donna Hooper Perkins is the person heard speaking during the bus ride to school.

"My initial reaction was 'Wow, she needs to be off the bus. She does need to be around kids,'" says Holly Cheek, the mother of the children. Cheek says she reported the incident to First Student, the bus company but has also gone to the company with a number of complaints in the past.

"My son has made numerous reports about her break-checking the kids, cussing at kids, threatening not to tell their parents," Cheek says.

First student has pulled driver Perkins off her route and has started an internal investigation. The driver refused to give us her side of the story on Tuesday, asking us to leave her property.

Snider says she felt sharing the video was crucial to encouraging the company to take action.

"I'm definitely glad that I posted it because now more parents know. If they would have just handled it at the bus barn, all these parents wouldn't have known what's going on. They wouldn't have known their children were being subjected to this," she says.

"My hope is that she won't be allowed around the children on the bus to have that influence on them, but also if there are other drivers that act this way that this will be a wake-up call," Cheek says.

Cheek added that she believes children should be disciplined, but should not be spoken to in the manner that is heard in the cellphone video.

Our request to find out if this driver has a history of complaints was denied. The bus company says it cannot share that information to protect employee privacy.

Joshua ISD says safety is its top priority. It says it has a good relationship with First Student and that it trusts the company will make the appropriate call in this case.

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