Safety

Mayor resigns as bus driver after missing sleeping boy

Posted on February 21, 2013

MCKEE, Ky. — The mayor of McKee has resigned from his second job as a school bus driver after accidentally leaving a child unattended on his bus, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

John Tompkins told the newspaper that he is paid only about $500 per month for his role as mayor of McKee, which has a population of around 800 people. He has also been working as a school bus driver for five years.

On Tuesday afternoon, Tompkins missed a 5-year-old boy who was sleeping on the bus at the end of the run and was then discovered by another driver after he woke up. Tompkins told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he may have been distracted by thinking about his mayoral duties and that "when children are involved and you've got that much on your mind, then there's nothing else you can do" but resign.

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