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December 09, 2010  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Bus aide who kissed student did not commit crime, police say


BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Police concluded an investigation of alleged inappropriate behavior by a school bus aide. The aide, who was accused of kissing a student on the cheek, did not commit a criminal offense, police say.

Brownsburg School Corp. bus aide Bobby Shrout was seen kissing a girl on the cheek by another female student from the Indiana School for the Deaf. After conducting interviews and reviewing bus surveillance footage, the police determined that Shrout could not be charged and left the matter up to the district, Fox 59 reports.  

Shrout was placed on administrative leave during the investigation, but later resigned. The district has opted to take no further action.

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But it just wouldn't make nearly as interesting of a story. The facts are not important, neither is this person career, to the reporter. She just wants to sell stories.

Greg    |    Dec 17, 2010 11:49 AM

Kissing a child on the cheek is not likely a crime unless a pedophile and the like. Regardless, the filthy-minded make it an unwise occupational decision to display affection toward other parents children even when that affection has no corrupt intent. The story does not actually clarify that no kiss on the child's cheek happened, leaving the driver ‘guilty until proven innocent’ and the mob to continue to attack the driver in question. Bailing out of that outfit may be the best call for any unwilling to confront false reports. It is not just kids that can invent stories about the bus driver but also some parents and both child and adult witnesses can do the same or exaggerate the event and what the child said. Careers can be destroyed, an innocent person falsely imprisoned, while the mob that a false report can create remains free to act out again. Every provider vehicle used to transport schoolchildren ought to be equipped with a working camera, a must when helping to separate fact from invention. A camera helps put a stop to false reports but too often there is no follow-through to discourage false reporting unless the driver or teacher pursue an action. No working camera on board? Not a school vehicle qualified to be transporting schoolchildren, in my opinion. But even with a working camera it remains that both drivers and management must consider that making a false report is as much a crime as would be the guilty committing a crime based on a factual report. The false reporter is committing a crime, in my opinion.

jKraemer    |    Dec 12, 2010 10:58 AM

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