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September 15, 2011  |   Comments (8)   |   Post a comment

Driver suspended for leaving student dangling from bus doors


BARROW COUNTY, Ga. — A school bus driver is on administrative leave after driving off last Friday with a kindergartner's backpack caught in the door, which left the girl dangling as the bus drove 41 feet down the road.

The female bus driver reportedly stopped just past the driveway of 5-year-old Alexis Luvell’s home and opened the doors to let her out, but drove off before ensuring that the girl had fully exited the bus.

"She closed the doors and Alexis' backpack was stuck. The driver just took off. I was screaming 'Stop! Stop!' and she finally did after people were honking," Brenda McCormick, Luvell’s grandmother and guardian, told 11Alive.

Barrow County Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel told the news source that the district is investigating the incident, but said it is clear the bus driver did not follow protocol. When drivers let students off the bus, they are supposed to wait until the students are 12 feet from the bus before leaving for the next stop.

McCormick told 11Alive that she will drive Luvell to and from school until the district’s investigation of the incident is complete and she knows who her next bus driver will be.

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No reason for this lack of concern and care for the precious cargo that she is transporting. If you are in too big of hurry, to not even let the child completely off the bus, then you should have your job terminated. wow

Deb    |    Sep 30, 2011 04:30 PM

Being a driver myself. Bus safety is the number one factor in the transportation of students. Our job is to make sure the students are a safe distance 15' away from the bus before we even disengage the brake. While continually scanning our surroundings to make sure it is safe to move the bus and that all students who departed the bus are accounted for and safely away from the bus. Our rule Is I SEE THE DRIVER AND THE DRIVER SEE'S ME. No matter where they are in front or to the side of the bus it applies.I'm thankful that the results of this drivers incompetence did not cause a more tragic result.I can only pray that this driver is no longer employed as a school bus driver.

Linda Green    |    Sep 25, 2011 05:05 AM

Wow, and I thought we had weird incidents!

Gerry Fincati    |    Sep 23, 2011 10:15 AM

There is no excuse for this. What's the rush? What happened to keeping the doors open for a little longer, making sure they're out and heading to the house and waving as they go? Take the time! jeesh....

Buslady    |    Sep 19, 2011 01:16 PM

As I drive I find this unexcetable. We have to have the kids at least 15' away from our busses before starting out. Most of us wait until we see the students in the driveways before we move.

GH    |    Sep 18, 2011 03:20 PM

As a driver, we have to wait until they are 15 feet from the door. Most of the drivers I know wait until the kids are in the driveway before we even start up our busses. This is unexceptable.

Anonymous    |    Sep 18, 2011 03:19 PM

The School District has a real problem with driver training requirements. I would suspend more individuals than just the driver until this potential death incident has been fully investigated.

Dwight DSBSI LTD.    |    Sep 16, 2011 10:27 AM

What kind of stupid did the bus co. hire!!

nat    |    Sep 16, 2011 09:30 AM

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