When you place your child on the morning school bus the thought of receiving the dreaded call from the school about a bus accident involving your loved one may always be present. This certainly could have been the case if an alert student riding the bus had not snapped a photo of her Iowa school bus driver who was allegedly texting while driving the bus according to the Des Moines Register.
The quick acting student snapped a photo of the bus driver texting while driving the bus. Yet, the 29-year-old school bus driver for the Iowa City Community School District, who was fired, asserted that she had not used her cell phone. Yet, when confronted with the snapshot, she slightly backed away from that claim. She instead asserted in her unemployment benefits hearing that she was merely checking the time.
The photo did not lie, and definitely shows that Tabitha Jones was, ”holding the cell phone against the center of the steering wheel with her thumb on the phone’s screen,” suggests the Des Moines Register.
No parent wants their child to be regarded as a snitch because of possible retaliation by the school bus driver. Yet when Bus driver Tabitha Jones, began using her cell phone, the young female student bravely and carefully snapped the photo that got the bus driver booted off the bus permanently.
The need for students to be zealous in making certain that their driver is alert while operating the school bus is unfortunate but necessary In fact, according to the Des Moines Register, there have been other instances where students photographed, “their school bus drivers using cell phones as they’re driving.”
Without alert students, the result of school bus driver inattention can be fatal. On December 5th, a school bus that was transporting 12 elementary students in the Kuna, Idaho School District was involved in a fatal crash. “One child, a sixth-grader at sixth-grader at Crimson Point Elementary was fatally injured at the scene of the accident.” Several other students were sent to area hospitals and none were wearing seat belts, according to Reuters.
While there is no clear determination as of yet concerning the fatal school bus accident in Idaho, it is always essential that parents remind their kids to be aware of their bus driver’s conduct at all times.
So parents when your child insists that he or she needs their cell phone for school, think about the bus ride the student will take that morning. That cell phone may just be the difference that insures the students’ safety. And give a gold star to the student who took the potentially life saving photo!
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