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Whitesboro parents concerned after school bus incident

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Hannah's school bus started moving before she could sit down. (Courtesy) Hannah's school bus started moving before she could sit down. (Courtesy)
Hannah's school bus started moving before she could sit down. (Courtesy) Hannah's school bus started moving before she could sit down. (Courtesy)

WHITESBORO, Texas -- A video going viral on Facebook shows an eight-year-old girl named Hannah on the steps of a Whitesboro school bus. The bus begins to move before the door is closed and before Hannah is able to sit down. 

The jolt of the acceleration propels the second grader into a pole inside the bus.

Hannah's father, Gerald Manzanares, says not only is it a safety hazard for all students, but especially for his little girl.

"She has RSS, which is a rare form of dwarfism," he explained. "It's called Russell-Silver Syndrome, and it comes with joint pains."

Manzanares said he reached out to the Whitesboro Independent School District to discuss the incident several times.

"I haven't heard anything," he said. "I've had no response from the superintendent or the school district at all as to the matter of this, other than the fact that they talked to the bus driver."

Hannah's mother, April, said Hannah "loves life and doesn't want to be treated differently, because she can do everything anybody can... just in a different way."

The child's father posted the video on Facebook, saying this has happened several times before, and he wanted to get it on camera.

KTEN was told that all school bus drivers in the Whitesboro district are required to go through additional safety training.

"I don't teach her to be anything less than what she is, so we don't hinder her or tell her she's disabled or anything like that," Gerald Manzanares said. "She does anything a normal child would, with just a few alterations to make it acceptable for her."

KTEN attempted to contact Whitesboro ISD Superintendent Ryan Harper several times on Friday, but we were told no one was available to address the issue.

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