District defends driver for keeping kids on bus

Posted on September 24, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Schools and one of its bus drivers are facing scrutiny from some parents after the driver pulled over on a route last week because kids were misbehaving and refused to let them out, ABC 4 Utah reports.  

Parents told the news outlet their kids called them frantically trying to get off the bus. Salt Lake City Schools spokesperson Jason Olsen told ABC 4 Utah the driver pulled over for safety reasons because the students were “very unruly,” yelling profanity at the driver, and at one point he had to stop the bus because a student was standing up. Police were called and school leaders arrived. While the students and driver were waiting for the police, a parent of one of the students came to take his daughter, but the driver wouldn’t let him, according to the news outlet.

District officials reviewed the bus video and said the driver did everything right, ABC 4 Utah reports. Olsen told the news outlet the footage also revealed that the situation escalated because of a parent who showed up with a bat and demanded that his student be let off and threatened the life of the driver, so the driver didn’t release any students until other school leaders arrived.

Olsen told the news outlet the timeline is under investigation, the district is sorry this happened, and the driver was doing his best to follow his training and to ensure student safety. The driver is being supervised this week and the district planned to have a training session to discuss the incident.

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Related Topics: driver training, parent disputes, student violence, Utah

Comments ( 5 )
  • BeeBopEh

     | about 4 years ago

    From the description it reads as though a major riot or mutiny was breaking out on the bus. Kids with cellphones calling parents who arrive with a Louisville Slugger to protect their precious. I once fell into a situation doing an unfamiliar school run. Full load of the typical grades JK to 8. My crime? I had made a wrong turn, right versus left leaving the school. Instantly five of the grade 4 to 5 hellions were standing up literally screaming things like They were all gonna die! First chance I had room to I pulled-over, motor-off. I boomed not screamed "Does everyone on the bus feel safe right now" Partial control was regained and we went on to finish the route. The problem? The school principals, parents and your own boss are out to hang you, the driver. Many post millennium kids (20 to 30%) are just totally unreachable or fixable. The parents are largely the cause. You need a 1/2 inch stack of misbehaviour slips submitted before anyone flags things as a serious problem. Bus crimes like standing or wandering the aisle, hanging out a window or tossing clothes or hats around. Well on a good day that will net the repeat offender onne lost school recess. Respect for the adult driver? Sorry, that ended in the late 50s or 60s, along with Leave it To Beaver on TV. So know we'll have things on video. Is that a good or bad thing? Wait and see.

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