Bus driver fired after incident that terrified students
COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Dozens of parents were up in arms after an incident that left their kids stranded on a school bus with an angry driver.
Just before 5 o’clock yesterday, parents were wondering why their children still weren’t home from Dorris Intermediate School in Collinsville. But those questions were answered when a mother got a frantic call from her fifth grader. According to the kids, their bus driver got mad because they were being too noisy. He pulled into the Camelot Bowl parking lot, sat for nearly an hour and refused to take the kids home.
Fifth grader Kayla Lankford explains, “He said, if you don’t want to be stuck on here for a while, then you guys better call your moms.”
Some parents showed up to get their kids. Kayla’s mom, Jennifer Lankford, called police, who forced the driver to take the rest of the children home. Lankford says, “What made me even more mad was that he didn’t ask for any ID to pick up my daughter, he didn`t ask me for a last name or even who I was. She just got off the bus and came to me.”
“You know I thought he was very careless. My son is precious cargo,” adds parent Toi Hansome. Upset parents contacted school officials, who then told their bus company, First Student, that they no longer wanted this driver working in their school district. First Student took it a step further. Company spokesperson Jen Biddinger states, “We take incidents like this one very seriously. The driver involved is no longer employed by First Student.”
Students and parents say the bus driver, who the kids call “Cowboy,” has had previous issues with erratic driving and cursing in front of the students.