Bus driver no longer working in Belleville school district


BY LAURA GIRRESCH
Excerpt from News-Democrat
BELLEVILLE, Illinois — The district superintendent, in a statement on Belleville Township High School District 201’s Web site, said the person driving the bus on which two students pummeled another student Monday will no longer be allowed to drive for the school district.

“After review of the driver’s actions during this event, it has been determined that this driver will no longer transport District 201 students,” the superintendent, Greg Moats said in the statement, which has Wednesday’s date on it.

He could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the statement.

A spokesman for First Student Inc., the bus driver’s employer, said the driver, whose name has not been released, will be able to keep his job with the company.

Maureen Richmond, the spokesman, said the company suspended the driver while they conducted an internal investigation, which was completed Wednesday.

“We are confident our driver did follow the correct procedure during the altercation he witnessed, and he will be reinstated,” Richmond said.

In the video recording of the fight, the bus driver can be heard yelling at the students to “sit down” and using a radio to report a fight. He did not pull over and kept the bus headed toward school. Full story.

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