FWCS: Bus driver shortage root cause of viral video situation

Spokeswoman Krista Stockman said the district is still looking to hire about 50 more bus drivers.

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 8:57 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 6:11 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne Community Schools is investigating after several students are seen in a viral video sitting on the floor of a school bus.

The 24-passenger bus equipped with a wheelchair lift was sent to pick up students from Memorial Park Middle School Monday afternoon.

Those students normally ride an 84-passenger bus.

Jennifer Bly-Seely posted a picture from the video on Fort Wayne Community Schools' Facebook page Tuesday morning.

She told FOX 55 she was upset, especially since the bus was driving during the first significant snow of the season, imagining the worst that could've happened.

FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman said the bus driver was filling an open route, but that bus shouldn't have been the one picking up those kids.

"This is not normally we would normally handle this kind of situation. We are looking into it," she said.

Stockman said the district is still looking to hire about 50 more bus drivers.

In the meantime, all of the district's 1,000 routes still need to be run.

"A lot of times what will happen is a driver who is working will finish their route, and then they'll pick up another route," said Stockman.

Stockman also noted the video on social media doesn't tell the whole story, she said there were seats available but some kids chose to sit on the floor.

"We're looking at our procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again in the future," said Stockman.

No students were hurt during the ride Monday.

If you would like to drive a school bus for Fort Wayne Community Schools, you can apply here.

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