Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, all through the town. But who is putting their foot on the pedal to propel the bus through the town? Teachers are the ones who mold children's minds, educating them and giving them the principals and skills to make it in the world. Teachers should be praised and commended for this but one person who flies under the radar is the bus driver. They drive your children to and from school. They are responsible for the well being
and safety of your child once they set foot on that bus. There are plenty of good bus drivers out there but what about the bad ones? Steve, a bus driver from northern Iowa had an addiction to pain killers and was in and out of rehab numerous times. He even did months of jail time because he was caught stealing in order to get money to pay for his next fix. This was all found out after he drove a bus full of kids into a ditch. He was fired the next day. John, a bus driver in Montana
was a convicted sex offender. His records showed he was on the sex offenders list but this was only found out after complaints from certain children who rode his bus. He was fired the next day Then there was Patty from New York. She was an alcoholic with a D.U.I on her record. She came to work with booze on her breath, ran a red light, and caused a wreck involving two other cars. She was fired the next day. No children in any of these cases were seriously hurt but they all have the same thing in common. It wasn't until the driver messed up that a background check was done. It wasn't until that person's personal problems put the children in danger that a check seemed necessary. What is the best way to put an end to these types of stories? Stop it before it starts. By doing a simple background check on a possible driver before they are even hired, these kinds of things can be stopped.





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