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Northville School Bus Driver Put on Leave After Dropping Kids Off on Side of Road

The school district says it is investigating the incident.

A Northville Public Schools substitute bus driver has been put on administrative leave after dropping off students at an undesignated stop, according to an email from the school district.

In the listserv email from Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher to parents, Gallagher says the driver of Bus L was transporting students home from Meads Mill Middle School on Friday when the driver pulled off on Six Mile Road and an unspecified number of students got off the bus. The bus stopped on the road between Bradner and Northville Road after 3:15 p.m.

According to an article by WXYZ-Channel 7, some of the middle school students then had to walk more than a mile to get home.

Students told WXYZ that the driver pulled over twice before dropping them off, trying to get some of the students to settle down.

Gallagher said the district is investigating the incident. The substitute bus driver has been put on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded.

"The District takes the safety and well-being of our students very seriously, and will take whatever measures are necessary and appropriate to ensure student safety," Gallagher said in the email.

Denise Nash April 14, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Yeah, let's outsource everything. Let's cut more money from the school budget. Yeah, that works.
bus driver April 16, 2013 at 12:55 AM
State law says middle school students can walk 2 miles-state law says we don't have to Transport students-its a priviledge not a right-not enough backing from the administration for the discipline problems
ecnalubma April 16, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Look at the facts “Bus Driver”. 1) The bus allowed children off the bus someplace other than an assigned bus stop; this makeshift stop was indeed 2 miles from my child’s designated stop. 2) Durham School Services are required to transport our children; this is what they are contracted for. 3) This “Privilege” is paid for by the tax payers, this makes it a right of the children who are “in district” and attend the Northville Public Schools. 4) You may not be aware, but this driver had driven off the roadway, across a sidewalk and onto a basketball court moments before this incident. This bus driver was out of line, and plainly violated the trust of the riders’ families. Durham School Services needs to respond to this incident, own it, and fire this bus driver. No matter how the children acted, this bus driver acted no better.
Angela Tolly May 05, 2013 at 02:23 PM
So what is the punishment of the unruly kids, Is there no consequences for them? This incident is not one sided.

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