School District Probes Complaint About Driver

Some parents are calling for an investigation into a controversy involving some students who ride the bus in Kemper County. Some claim they were told to get off the bus and the driver tried to scare them by pulling away.

They say two such incidents happened this week, involving one bus driver. Students were allegedly told to get off the bus Wednesday and Thursday on Old Jackson Road in the New Hope community, and the driver pulled a few feet away.

A group of parents say the action went beyond discipline and jeopardized students' safety.

"He couldn't get the two or the few that were causing the disturbance and he pretty much pulled on the side of the road and asked every young man, males only, all the boys to step off the bus and he had them to come off the bus and lined them up on the side of a pasture, near a gate, and drove a few feet and said, 'Ha! I'll leave you if you guys don't straighten up!" said parent Cornelius Parks.

Parks says the boys forced off the bus Wednesday afternoon ranged from ages 6 to 18. The following day, Teresa Cole says the same thing happened to her two sons on the same bus.

"He told them if they wanted to get back on the bus, they would have to walk back up there to get on. I'm upset," Cole said.

According to Parks and Cole, they are not upset about students being disciplined but the tactics used.

"You get a car or a log truck coming around there out of control or panic all the sudden, and you could cause a catastrophe," they say.

"At this particular time, our first step to take is to make sure that we go through and listen to all the sides," said Kemper County superintendent, Jackie Pollock. "Do an investigation if warranted, and then action is taken based on what we find."

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