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December 07, 2009  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Bus aide fired for misconduct


SUITLAND, Md. — A bus aide for Prince George's County Public Schools was fired last month for holding the head of a 6-year-old boy with special needs out the window of his moving school bus during an afternoon route in October.

MyFoxDC reported that the incident was prompted by a discipline problem. 

District Transportation Director Michael Dodson learned of the incident, which was captured by a security camera on the bus, that evening. He told MyFoxDC that he suspended the aide from any jobs requiring contact with students the next morning.

Following a three-week investigation, the aide was fired. Dodson told the news source that he is considering increasing training for bus drivers and aides on how to handle students.

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An investigation into the incident would have to be completed before the employee could be dismissed. School employees are often covered under a union contract and most certainly under the labor laws. If you don't follow protocol in the workplace you are subject to lawsuits that many "hot-headed" individuals would be happy to file in our "sue-happy" world! School districts are often unable to find and retain qualified and conscientious employees due to financial constraints as well as the unusual work schedules especially with bus drivers and bus aides. We do the best we can under the circumstances.

Director of School Transp    |    Dec 08, 2009 12:42 PM

3 weeks of still being "listed as on the job????"""" Give me a break. That was an automatic firing. And training? What about common sense??? If the monitor could not control the student, she should have notified the driver to pull over and get assistance. There is NO EXCUSE for this behavior to have taken place.

Michele    |    Dec 08, 2009 05:58 AM

I am willing to bet that firing will not be the last step - the county should prepare for potential legal action, as well as a lawsuit from the family.

Dave    |    Dec 08, 2009 05:30 AM

I hope the family is satisfied with the firing, but I expect the county should prepare for a law suit.

Al Smith    |    Dec 07, 2009 09:14 AM

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