Another side of the story is being told in the case of last week’s alleged bullying of two kids in Fosston, Minnesota. Their mother sat them down for a video of them telling their story.
The bus driver, Oran Underdahl, sent a statement to Valley News Live last evening:
My name is Oran Underdahl. I’ve been a bus driver with Fosston Public Schools for six years. I have an impeccable safety record and no disciplinary history. I love my job and the kids that I have been privileged to serve. The outpouring of support from Fosston kids and families in the wake of allegations that I have bullied and/or allowed students to be bullied on my bus route has been overwhelming, and I am truly grateful for it.
Twice a day, I drive 40+ kids to and from school. I take pride in my work, and I have genuine concern for the students who ride my bus. I have never knowingly allowed a student to be “bullied” on my bus. I have never “bullied” a student on my bus (or anywhere else for that matter).
I am confident that one day the truth of this situation will be uncovered and will become known to the public. For now, I will rely on my family, friends, and community for support as I evaluate a potential legal claim against those who have made defamatory statements about me.