Henry County, Ala. school bus driver fired

ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Henry County Board of Education has voted to terminate a bus driver after receiving a complaint that she pulled her bus over for 30 minutes and refused to allow students to roll down the windows.

Dan Skyles, the parent of a 12-year-old student, said the driver refused to allow students to lower the windows during the ride home Monday. Skyles says the driver parked the bus for 30 minutes when she felt the students were being unruly.

Skyles says the extreme heat and students getting home 30 minutes late made the driver's actions unacceptable.

Henry County School Superintendent Dennis Coe said the driver offered her resignation, but later withdrew it. Coe says because the driver is not tenured, he can recommend her termination without stating a cause.

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  • by Lowell Location: dothan on May 28, 2010 at 08:12 PM
    Hey Ken,If I were a truly concerned parent and not just a troublemaker from which my kid patterened his behavior after I would No.1,teach my children how to act civilized,or No.2 drive them to and from school myself(if I could tolerate it)or No.3 homeschool them so they wouldn't be subjected to what you think was unreasonable behavior from the bus driver.How bout this you drive the whole bunch back and forth to school if you have the patience? Good Luck!
  • by Ken Location: Dothan, AL on May 27, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    If the kids are arriving 30 minutes later than normal and if several of the kids stories match, I would side with the kids. You know they have a referral system that after a few referrals, they are removed permanently from the bus. Regardless of the situation, the driver's actions are absolutely unacceptable. Would you prefer your children to remain in a bus for 30 minutes in 90 degree heat with the windows up? I wouldn't think so.
  • by questionable Location: houston co on May 27, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    The driver may have had enough. Most kids do not know how to behave, on a bus or anywhere else. Parents do not do their job and they sure don't want anyone else to do it.
  • by Andrew Location: Folsom New Jersey on May 26, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    Well all I can say is that I hope the school board did a full Investigation before firing the bus driver. I know for a fact that sometimes kids can make up out landish stories. The report is very vauge so Im not taking anyones side....so with that being said I just hope they looked in to this!
  • by chris Location: abbeville on May 26, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    MY KIDS WERE ON THAT BUS AND ONE SUFFERS FROM ASTHMA THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME SHE HAS DONE THIS TO THE KIDS I M GLAD SHE IS GONE
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