District may seek driver's dismissal
McKeesport Area School District officials are calling for an investigation and possible suspension of a Pennsylvania Coach Lines bus driver in response to an incident in which a kindergartner was left on a vehicle and woke up in the bus garage parking lot.
According to Trib Total Media news partner WPXI, a mother put her daughter on a bus in McKeesport on Friday around 8:50 a.m., then got a call from Pennsylvania Coach Lines stating her daughter was still there at 2:30 p.m.
The daughter reportedly was sleeping on the floor under her seat, and was found by another driver boarding the bus to pick up students in the afternoon.
“The employee handbook for PA Coach Lines reads, ‘Every driver is responsible for checking their bus after every school drop-off ... for students and damage on the bus. Any driver who leaves a student on the bus will be immediately terminated,'” according to a statement released by McKeesport Area spokesperson Kristen Giran.
“Anything less than perfection in the transportation of our children is unacceptable. Exiting a bus without accounting for every child after every run is inexcusable. The district stands with the family as it demands immediate accountability for this negligence,” the statement said.
Giran referred further questions to district Solicitor Gary Matta, who said officials requested the suspension of the driver pending a full investigation. Matta said there will be a meeting with bus line officials on Monday.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.