Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Crime of Incompetent Bus Drivers

There's no reason why this kind of thing can't be prevented:
VIDALIA, La. — A 20-year-old Newellton man has been booked with aggravated oral sexual battery of a child, said Concordia Parish sheriff's deputies.

Deputies allege that Brandon Bass was engaging in a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old female on a Tensas Parish school bus as it was traveling through Concordia Parish on December 15th.

The incident was reportedly observed by several other students on the bus who told their parents, and authorities were notified.

Bond was been set at $40,000 for Bass.
What on Earth was the driver of that bus doing while this was going on?

Bus drivers, with whom we place the responsibility of getting our kids to and from school safely, are among the poorest paid and least trained employees in the typical American public school systems.

We'll put an end to this sort of thing when we make the recruitment and retention of well-trained and decently-paid bus drivers a priority.

How many more kids are going to get hurt before Edupolicy-makers understand that we have a major problem that needs to be addressed?