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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Woman upset over bus incidents

Woman upset over bus incidents

I’m writing to let parents know not to be bullied by the school board system. There’s a rule that a child can’t walk pass ½ mile, the school bus has to bring your child home.

We live 3 miles from the highway. My child was 10-years old when the bus drivers refused to bring her home. The school said that she had to do her job and follow the rules. That was 25 years ago. Times have changed.

Two years ago my 12-year-old granddaughter was left on the highway. She was told to ask a stranger to use their phone to call her parents.

We were shocked that the school’s aid said that it was okay because the bus driver can break the rule and use protocol. Protocol isn’t a rule. It’s not on papers. It’s just by word of mouth. They still get paid if they don’t feel like doing their jobs.

We were told it wouldn’t happen again. Well a few days ago, it happened for the third time. My 10-year-old granddaughter was left off on the highway because the bus driver used protocol. That means she didn’t have to do her job if she doesn’t feel like it.

What happened to following the rules?

They said it would not happen again. Well we have a 4-year-old granddaughter that is starting kindergarten. Will the school system tell the bus driver that she can use protocol and abandon her on the highway and tell her to ask a stranger to use their phone and call her parents?

Why are my children and grandchildren being punished and bullied because they live 3 miles from the highway?

Now the buses have cameras. We will have the right to have a copy of the video from the school board. I want to thank the God-fearing and caring bus drivers that care about doing their job that they’re paid for. And what’s important, they care about the safety of a child.

I pray that no parent has to wait for a child that they might not ever see again.

Diane Bourg

Cut Off