Early County School Bus Ride Takes An Interesting Turn

By: Victoria Rosa Email
By: Victoria Rosa Email
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Officials say it was a case of miscommunication between a school bus driver and students.

They say they're not taking the situation lightly.

It was supposed to be a normal ride home but that quickly changed.

"The bus driver im assuming felt that the students were out of control, because what we've told bus drivers to do is to bring the students back to the school to have an administrator get on the bus to get control of the bus if necessary, " says Bronwyn Martin, Superintendent of Early County Schools.

Early County School officials say that's why an unnamed substitute bus driver decided to make her way back to Early County High School.

Somewhere along the way, administrators say there was a miscommunication.

"I do believe maybe the students were not aware of her intentions, so they knew they were not going home and some of them were frightened, they weren't sure where they were going. Some of the students got off the back of the bus, " says Martin.

"We are working with the school system and we are looking into the criminal side of the incident and if anything comes of it, we'll be able to take care of that, " says Chief Tim Hardrick of the Early County Sheriff's Office.

Initial reports are in but the incident remains under investigation.

"Right now we are watching the video and we are continuing to investigate the situation so that we can handle it the best way possible and of course the safety of our students is paramount, it is the first thing that we're interested in in the school system," says Martin.

Regardless of the findings school officials and law enforcement agree student safety comes first.

"We make it a habit to train our guys to take any incident serious, especially incidents that are involving school kids and on the school buses because the safety of the kids is a priority, " says Hardrick.

"I do want parents to know that we are actively investigating the situation and again that the safety of our students are our number one concern, " says Martin.

Superintendent Martin says at the time of the incident, there were both middle and high schoolers on the bus.

Early County School officials say they hope to have closure on the matter by early next week

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