BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) – Nathaly Encarnacion wiped away tears as she talked about her son.
“My son is a human being,” she cried. “He is innocent to everything. This is just unfair.”
Disappointed, discouraged and denied her dignity, she explained to News Channel 8 how broken-hearted she’s been in the process of defending her son.
“I am just really, really upset about all this. I have reached the end.”
This mom reached out to 8 on Your Side after her son’s school bus driver, Violeta Jacobo, allegedly told him that his two mommies we’re going to hell over their same-sex relationship.
The seven-year-old boy attends Alta Vista Elementary school and came home extremely upset when the alleged behavior took place. After News Channel 8 first broke the story, the school placed the bus driver on paid leave while they launched an investigation.
But, this frustrated mom tells us she fought for a month to get something done. Now, she said she feels like she still waiting for justice.
All she wanted, she said, was a sincere apology but, all she got was pushed back in Polk County.
“My son has received from this, has been abusive and neglectful,” she said. “We need to look into this.”
Polk school board member, Kay Fields, got into a verbal altercation with an LGBT mom who yelled out after a board member made a motion for support and no one from the board reacted.
“All she can say is ‘discrimination happens,’ that’s all you can say, you can’t apologize,” Kerri McCoy from Polk Pride yelled out.
Fields told her, “We are sorry that it happened. I’ve been discriminated against in the past too.”
At this point, the bus driver remains on leave while under investigation. Board members tell News Channel 8 that they want to investigate this fully.
They also assured us and parents all over the district that the children in Polk are loved and respected.
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