Special Needs Transportation

Bus aide fired for misconduct

Posted on December 7, 2009

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.

Related Topics: aide/monitor

Comments ( 4 )
  •  | about 7 years ago

    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.

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