A video involving a Warren County School bus has gone viral on social media.
Friday afternoon, around 25 elementary students were on board Warren County School bus number 2774, when the bus came to a halt.
The school bus driven by Bobbie Duncan stopped on Cave Springs Avenue. According to the police report she says stopped the bus and would not allow anyone off due to the children’s “out-of-control” behavior, but many of the children riding the bus say they were being held hostage.
“So I called my mom and said that she needs to get me out of this bus, I am being held hostage, she is cussing at us and everything.” says 11-year-old, Mason Hendricks, who was on the school bus at the time.
“She started to cuss the kids and I started to cry.” says Ariel McCoy, another student who was on the bus at the time.
One of the parents waiting at the bus stop said the kids began exiting the rear of the bus through the emergency exit.
“One student jumped out of the rear hatch of the bus and ran home, over two blocks home to get his parents. Then other students started jumping out of the back of the bus, so me, other parents, and high schoolers went to the rear of the bus. We tried to get the kids to stay on, but they wouldn’t, so we were helping them off, keeping them from getting injured while jumping. I think she should be terminated from the job and not be allowed to drive a school bus ever again!” says John West, a concerned parent who had three children on the bus at the time.
Superintendent Rob Clayton says the bus driver did what she was supposed to do.
“It is my understanding that we had a substitute driver on the route and she did not feel comfortable with the route and pulled the bus over. In accordance with district policy, anytime a driver is concerned about whether it’s the noise level or a particular behavior, they pull the bus over, try to address that and proceed on with the route. At this point in time after reviewing the video, it’s basically her inability to be able to effectively continue the route.” says Clayton.
WNKY attempted to contact the bus driver Bobbie Duncan, but the publicly listed number was out of service.
The school district is still investigating the incident and Duncan is still employed at this time.
Warren County Public Schools also released this statement on Monday afternoon regarding the incident:
"Ensuring the safe transport of our students is a top priority of Warren County Public Schools, and we are investigating an incident that occurred on Friday afternoon involving bus #2744. The situation occurred during the afternoon route in which a substitute driver stopped the bus to address student behaviors. Before resuming her route and while stopped, individuals in the neighborhood approached the bus. Following the district transportation protocol, the driver requested that the students remain seated on the bus until school personnel and/or law enforcement could arrive. Unfortunately, the majority of students exited the bus at the urging of at least one individual in the neighborhood prior to the arrival of school officials and law enforcement.
School leaders, along with BGPD, spent Friday evening verifying all students made it home safely. We are cooperating with local law enforcement from both the Bowling Green Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office as we continue to gather additional details. We will review the actions of all parties involved and will take the steps necessary to ensure a similar incident does not occur again in the future."