LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - "All we can say is it's a personnel matter at this point and we really can’t discuss the personnel in this ongoing investigation,” said Lauderdale County School Superintendent Dr. John Mark Cain.
Source: Kyle Johnson
Dr. Cain would not tell us much when we asked him why a substitute school bus driver told Clarkdale students to get off the bus at the Chevron on Causeyville Road.
"We’re currently investigating, having conversations with students and trying to establish exactly what happened. It’s an ongoing investigation and hopefully in the next few days, we'll have a clearer picture of what actually happened,” said Dr. Cain.
"I see kids coming in the store and they're crying asking to use the phone. I asked what happened and tried to get them to calm down. I called the sheriff. I let all the kids sit down back there until the sheriff came in,” said Shaaib Alharbi, who alerted authorities about the incident.
Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said no charges were filed, but says the sheriff's department is working with school officials to find out why this happened.
"From our understanding, the bus driver had the children get off. We're not exactly sure why. For some reason the protocol for dropping off students was not followed. At this point our stance is to let the school deal with it as a personnel issue,” said Calhoun.
Calhoun said authorities will still discuss individual charges with anyone who feels they are a victim in this matter.
Dr. Cain said he can't comment about the investigation because it's a personnel matter involving a school employee.