Bus driver accused of refusing to let students off at stop

Posted on May 1, 2015

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. — A school bus driver here who on Tuesday allegedly refused to let students leave the bus at a bus stop and drove back to their school has been placed on administrative leave, ABC15 reports.

A spokesperson for the Dysart Unified School District told the news source that the driver was taking the students home from school when he stopped the bus because the students were being too loud, and at one point a parent tried to pry open the bus door and the bus driver drove away.

In a 911 call obtained by ABC15, a parent said that the bus driver locked the students in the bus and parents were trying to break into it to get the kids off the bus, and the bus driver drove away with the children. A parent whose child was aboard the bus during the incident told the news source the driver turned off the air conditioning because the fan was too loud and he was trying to instruct the students on how to safely exit the bus, and that he drove away because he didn’t know the person trying to open the doors was a parent.

The school district released a statement on Thursday, which stated that it is investigating the incident and the bus driver has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation. It also stated that there is no evidence to support a claim that the driver turned off the air conditioning on the bus.

To read the full story, go here.

A similar incident occurred in September in Massachusetts when a bus driver, following a policy to deboard kindergartners first, would not allow other children, who were hot and uncomfortable, to leave the bus for a lengthy period of time. In a 10-minute standoff, parents blocked the bus, broke the bus door, boarded and refused to leave. The bus driver was also punched in the face.

Watch the ABC15 story on the Arizona incident below.

Related Topics: Arizona, parent disputes

Comments ( 3 )
  • Nathan

     | about 5 years ago

    Great job to the driver!!! What these parents DO NOT realize is the responsibility the bus driver has to his district, his students, and those same parents that are complaining, to get everyone home safely and efficiently. It would be a whole different thing if the driver was hauling lettuce, but when it comes to children that is a completely different can of worms. I guess this is the world we live in when it is NO LONGER the adults that are in charge. I'd like to see those same parents ride a school bus and see just what that driver goes through day in and day out to transport their kids. Most everyone thinks that "well all the do is drive the bus" Those people are mistaken. There is so many things that the driver has to be paying attention to that dealing with loud and disrespectful students could take the focus off of what the driver should be doing.... Getting their kids home safe! Keep you head up driver!

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