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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa mom is fed up: She says her six-year-old is getting bullied, and wants a bus monitor hired to help.

Tayla Vivians wants what's best for her son, TayZon.

"That's my everything," she said. "He's my heart."

He's a kindergartner at Highland Elementary in Waterloo, and rides the bus for about 30 minutes in the morning and about 45 minutes after school.

TayZon has Asperger's syndrome, and must wear a harness when he rides the bus.

"But I feel those kids are torturing or taunting my son because (of) his condition and he's in that harness," said Vivians.

This week, TayZon got in trouble. The bus driver said he was misbehaving.

Vivians disagrees, but says she understands the bus drivers have a tough job to do,

"Being on the road driving my car with my three kids, it's a distraction," she said. "She can't watch the road and watch her mirrors to make sure that that kids are doing what they're supposed to do."

Vivians says an extra adult on the bus will help.

Durham Transportation, the company that buses for Waterloo, says it has monitors on 20 of its 82 routes.

They say they work very closely with the school district to determine what students and buses need monitors. 

It's unclear if TayZon's bus will get a bus monitor, but his mom said she will continue to fight.

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