Bus driver placed on leave after incident involving child
A Shenandoah County Public Schools bus driver has been placed on administrative leave after an incident last week involving a child on her bus.
The incident occurred Thursday and, according to two parents who had children on the bus, allegedly involves the driver dragging a first-grader to a seat. The driver is alleged to have verbally attacked other children who tried to intervene. One of the parents gave the information to the Northern Virginia Daily through an online tip and the other spoke to a reporter by phone interview.
Following standard procedure the driver was placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Superintendent Mark Johnston said. Video from a camera on the bus is being reviewed.
“An investigation has to occur to provide us all the facts. We need to do our due diligence,” Johnston said.
The driver is in her second year of employment with the schools. Johnston declined to discuss whether the driver had previous discipline measures or complaints filed against her.
There are no plans to put a second adult on each Shenandoah County Public School bus to act as a monitor.
“That is a budget implication. Instead, we are exploring in a more concerted effort to review discipline policies, professional development and training and administrator engagement,” Johnston said.