PennDOT worker who threatened to crash into school bus gets job back
HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania highway department worker is getting her job back after being fired for ranting on Facebook about local school bus drivers, saying she “will gladly smash into a school bus.”
Commonwealth Court reinstated Rachel Carr as a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation roadway programs technician Tuesday, saying free speech protections outweighed concerns about comments the judges described as “reprehensible” and “abhorrent.”
Carr was off duty and at home when she posted to the “Creeps of Peeps” site in May 2016 that school bus drivers near the New York border are “horrible” and “hella scary,” saying that earlier that day “one asked me to t-bone it.”
Judge Kevin Brobson writes that Carr's comments merit special protection because they address an issue of public concern.