Indian River County School District investigates unusual discipline for boys riding bus

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - The Indian River County School District is looking into allegations that a school bus driver made two boys take their pants off on the bus as a way to discipline them.

Holly Dowd says her boys, who attend North County Charter School, came running off of their bus about a month ago in their boxers.

Dowd says the pants were allegedly ordered removed by driver Beatrice Anderson because her children were acting out on the school bus.   

Dowd acknowledges that her kids are a handful, but she says the district should provide more training on how to deal with disruptive children.  

"Yes she can drive a bus, but they need more than just learning how to ride the bus. They need to know how to deal with children," Dowd said.

The district says drivers are trained to first talk to the child. If that doesn't work, then take more serious action.

"Move them from one seat to another seat kind of diffuse the issue on the problem, however, if the problem still continues, they're supposed to write up a referral and submit that to the school," said Indian River County Director of School Transportation George Millar.

The boys were written up and suspended from the bus for the rest of the school year for bad behavior.

Anderson, or as the kids call her Ms. B, has been an employee since 2006.

Many parents had only kind words to say about her. Even her personnel file shows she has exemplary evaluations, a letter of commendation and won employee of the year in her department.

Many mothers say they know Anderson takes the kids’ shoes to keep them in their seats.

She has been removed from the route pending the investigation, which should wrap up in another week.
 


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