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Clay bus driver fired, accused of choking student

A bus driver for the Clay County School District is out of a job after allegedly choking a student and now we're hearing her side of the story.

"My story is I took the cell phone out of his hand," says Donna Turner, who was fired Friday. "I followed protocol, I did what I was trained to do, and I was punished for it," says Turner.

Turner, who says she has been driving since 1997, was fired on Friday after the incident last week. 10-year-old Jaedyn Winter was on the bus when it happened and tells a different story. He says Turner got upset when she asked everyone to put their cell phones away and not everyone would.

"The student refused to give it to her so the bus driver put her hand on his throat," said Winter. "I heard gasping."

Winter described the action as choking but Turner denies that ever happened.

"There was no choking."

What really happened on the bus that day may remain a mystery. There wasn't a security camera on that particular bus.  It's something Winter's father Jeffrey says would have been a big help.

"We would be able to get to the bottom of this much quicker had we just had some video footage."

Currently only 12 buses -- about six percent of the fleet -- in the Clay school district have. School board chair Carol Studdard says the money is simply not there right now to fit all the buses with security cameras and that there are no plans to add them.

We're waiting to hear if there'll be criminal charges against Turner.

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