Safety

Bus drivers could be given authority to search students

Posted on May 23, 2011

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Vigo County School Corp. bus drivers could be given the power to search students and their belongings under a proposal before the district’s school board.

Under the proposal, a driver would have to have a reasonable suspicion that a student has an item or substance, like drugs or a weapon, that puts others on the bus in danger. The driver would then have to get permission from the district’s transportation department before searching a student or his or her belongings, WTHI reports.

Ray Azar, director of student services for Vigo County School Corp., told the news source that bus drivers would be trained on proper searching techniques, and that they would only search a student in an emergency.

He added that the school board will likely vote on the changes during a meeting in July.

Related Topics: school bus security, weapons

Comments ( 1 )
  • Daniel

     | about 7 years ago

    That's scarey! Would drivers really want to take on that action? It's better left up to the Police. (Daniel 38 years in the SB industry)

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