Students slapped, abandon or forgotten on school buses; 3 jobs on line

One driver arrived at the compound unaware she had a sleeping student still in tow, another failed to help a boy whose knee was fractured while waiting for the bus and drove away without him, and an attendant slapped a disabled student on her bus when the boy hit a girl in the seat in front of him.

Palm Beach County Superintendent Robert Avossa is recommending all three be fired  when the School Board convenes to consider personnel matters Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators say Wanda Mervin parked her bus at a district compound on Feb. 9, 2015, and headed for the ladies room without checking for students. She returned to the bus to fetch her purse and still didn’t follow protocol and check for students. While she was gone witnesses reported the boy woke and walked off the bus.

Jacquy Prim could be fired for an incident in October 2015. According to the investigation, witnesses said a boy at the bus stop needed help to get on the bus. “Mr. Prim stood up to look outside the bus, told the students to hurry up and that he could not do anything for the injured student.”

Investigators said Prim told the student to call 911 or his parents. As he drove off, Prim radioed dispatch that a boy had been injured at the bus stop and refused to get on the bus. The boy turned out to have a fractured bone in his right knee.

Bus attendant

tangled with a student on her bus in January 2016. Investigator report Alexander ordered a boy on the bus not to hit a student in the seat in front of him. The boy,  a student identified as a learning disabled student,  then chucked a bag of cereal at Alexander, who retaliated by clapping the boy on his arm four times while saying, “Don’t hit that girl, don’t be hitting no more!”.

 

 

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    […] Firings recommended: An assistant principal at Pahokee Middle/Senior High School is accused of sexually harassing two female students. Palm Beach County Superintendent Robert Avossa has recommended that Oscar Villanueva be fired. Palm Beach Post. Three Palm Beach County school bus drivers may also lose their jobs. One slapped a disabled student, one left a sleeping student on a bus and the third drove away without a student who had injured his leg at the bus stop. Palm Beach Post. […]

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