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Parents rally to support suspended bus driver

Parents urged Hoosick Falls (N.Y.) School District school board members to reinstate Leo Surdam after he was suspended for allegedly grabbing two sixth-grade students by the shirt or jacket when he told them to stop bullying a fourth-grade student.

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Mother arrested for yelling profanities at kids' bus driver

Tamara Moore allegedly swore at the Clayton County, Georgia-based driver, threatened her and commented on her weight because the driver missed her kids' stop. Police charged Moore with disorderly conduct and disrupting the operation of a public school.

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District defends driver for keeping kids on bus

Salt Lake City Schools and one of its bus drivers face scrutiny from some parents after the driver pulls over on a route because kids are unruly and refuses to let them out. District officials review the bus video and say the driver did everything right, and that the situation escalated because of a parent who showed up with a bat, demanded that his student be let off and threatened the life of the driver.

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School bus driver assaulted during standoff with parents

The driver in Worchester, Massachusetts, tried to get kindergartners off the bus first, police said, and parents insisted that the driver release all the students immediately. When she refused, parents started to enter the school bus, broke the door, and a 16-year-old girl punched the driver in the face.

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Dad upset about school bus overcrowding arrested

Carlos Davis allegedly blocks a Clayton County (Ga.) Public Schools bus driver from closing the door so she couldn’t finish her route, tying up traffic for 45 minutes, and is charged with disrupting public schools operation. He confronts the driver because some students have to sit on the floor.

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Tennessee school board temporarily restores bus service

The Oak Ridge Board of Education is bringing back school bus service to about 1,300 of 1,800 students who had been affected by an expanded “parent responsibility zone,” following protests from parents and grandparents. The zone was expanded to 1.5 miles in June in an effort to reduce a $1.25 million budget deficit.

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Father of autistic student attacks son’s bully on bus

According to police, Burnis Hurd boards the bus with his son, who points out a boy who had been bullying him, and Hurd grabs the boy by the hair, raises him out of his seat, pushes him on the side of the bus, threatens to kill him and uses threatening language with other students. Hurd was placed in jail on $50,000 bond.

Etiwanda School District's pilot transportation program will be discontinued after the last day of school. Pictured is Etiwanda Colony Elementary, one of the schools involved in the program.
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California district ends school bus pilot program

In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.

Video surveillance footage from a Clarksville-Montgomery County School System bus shows a woman and five other adults walking into the bus against the driver’s objections (the driver is at right in the screenshot). The woman yells at and threatens the children.<br/><small>Screenshot from video obtained by <i>Leaf-Chronicle</i></small>
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Video shows woman boarding bus, threatening children

The woman, Kela leshia Hand, confronts a child she believed hit her stepdaughter and threatens the other children on the bus. She is later joined by her partner and four other adults, who walk into the bus against the driver’s objections.

Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
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Districts are in the transportation business

A school board member at a Virginia district told the Washington Post, “We are not in the transportation business. We are in the education business.” That statement seems misguided and even unsettling. Yes, school districts’ primary responsibility is to educate children. But that doesn’t mean it’s their only responsibility. …

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School district to bring back busing as pilot program

After a 9-year-old girl was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking home in December, parents petitioned the Etiwanda (Calif.) School District to bring back school bus service. The school board decides to implement a pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school.

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Mom ordered to serve jail time for assaulting bus driver

A judge sentences Bethany Rudd to 10 days in jail for the December incident in which she boarded her son’s school bus and allegedly hit driver Helen Gibson in the face. However, the judge allows Rudd to file for an appeal, enabling her to avoid jail time for now, and she is due back in court in April for the assault and battery charge against her.

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