A Jamestown mother is distraught tonight, claiming her son was forced by a bus driver to walk behind the bus part of the way to Russell Springs Elementary. The woman says her son was asked to get out of the bus on a rural stretch of road that dead ended. Now, the mother is calling for further repercussions for the bus driver while the Russell County Board of Education says they've got a handle on the situation.
Tara Warriner is a mother of four, but her main concern lately, has been for her oldest, seven year old Blayd.
"The bus driver stopped the bus one day because he said he was being so unruly, he couldn't handle him. He put him off the bus, made him follow the bus as the bus driver drove down the road," says Tara.
According to Tara, her son says he walked behind the bus for five minutes, but Russell County Board of Education Superintendent Scott Pierce says Blayd didn't have to walk at all.
"There was a minor discipline problem with a child on a school bus," says Superintendent Pierce. "The bus driver, in a repeated attempt to get the child to sit down, asked the child to step off the bus in an effort to get his attention, then the child was taken back home."
"They spoke to him, he admitted that he did do it, and I was basically told that because he had a good driving record, he knew not to do it again. That's all that's going to be done," says Tara.
Superintendent Pierce says that the school district reacts appropriately to child transportation incidents, citing a recent situation in which a bus driver was fired after leaving a girl on a bus.
"Of course, in any incident like this, the safety of the child is paramount, and, of course, the concerns of the parents," says Superintendent Pierce. "This is an incident we've reviewed and we've taken appropriate action with the bus driver and feel that resolution is satisfactory."
"I really do hope he's not allowed to work with kids anymore," Tara concludes. "As a parent, I would want to know when something like this happens, especially if my child was on that bus."
According to Tara Warriner, this is actually the second time her son has had to walk behind the bus. Superintendent Pierce says he is not aware of this earlier incident.