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Butler Area wants bus driver removed for slamming brakes

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, 4:45 a.m.
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The Butler Area School District superintendent is demanding that a bus driver be removed after allegedly putting kids in danger.

A group of parents told the Trib's news partner, WPXI-TV, that their children flew out of their seats when the driver slammed on the brakes in response to two students who were fighting on the ride home Tuesday.

Parent Melissa Rankin said a couple kids were arguing, swearing at each other and fighting on the Valley Lines bus.

“The bus driver, instead of pulling over to the side of the road, as he was crossing Main Street, slammed on his brakes and all the kids went flying out of their seats,” Rankin told WPXI. “He could have just been having a bad day, I'm not sure, but I put my kid's life in their hands and I expect it to be handled the way I would handle it.”

The driver has not been identified.

“I was pretty angry because I kind of trust the bus driver to get your kids to and from school safely,” parent Jessica Johns told WPXI.

Superintendent Brian White sent WPXI a statement, which said, “The district launched an investigation, which revealed that a bus driver acted in a manner that is not in accordance with the standards held by the Butler Area School District.”

The bus company did not respond to the station's request for comment.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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