Bus drivers actions concern parents about childrens safety

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POSTED: Monday, December 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 8:16pm

One bus driver for the Prairieville Primary School has parents up in arms about the way she handles the kids. There have been two instances where one parent says, they became uneasy when their daughter told her what happened on the bus ride home.

“Ever since school started my daughters been upset that she doesn't like the bus driver she hollers and yells and everything else," said Jodie a concerned parent.

Jodie's upset with her six year old daughters’ bus driver. In two different situations, the "blue bus" diver for Prairieville Primary did something unusual, which alarmed parents. "So I was informed a couple weeks ago the bus on ten bus route pulled in front of a house the bus driver got off the bus went inside the house shut the door was in there long enough to feel the need to have someone check on the kids," stated Jodie. She says the person who stepped onto the bus also called the children a vulgar name.

"It may have been a stranger to the kids but it wasn't a stranger," says Johnnie Balfantz, who works for the Ascension Parish School Board. The Ascension School Board will not release any information about the circumstance. But in a separate situation the driver left the kids unattended in a parking lot.

“She doesn't care about the children it’s just a job, just for money that’s it,” noted Jodie.

And the Ascension School Board says they were the ones who gave her permission to leave the bus. "Anytime we take a complaint from a parent or anyone in the community we investigate ad research exactly what the complaints about and if it warrants and investigation or not," says Balfantz.

Jodie, along with other parents, is worried this driver could become a danger if action isn't taken. "It just seems like she's getting a slap on the hand."

Both situations are being looked into further by the ascension school board. Any information they learn will not be released and they also can’t release any information about any action that is taken against the driver.
 

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1. White/black?? Stop it with the race card CRAP!! That excuse is getting really old!! This is about being responsible and accountable for your actions.
2. Nobody is asking for luxurious services. JUST DO YOUR DAMN JOB!!
3. From Oak Grove to here, had more than one bus driver. The others did just fine.
4. Low salary? Then give me my taxes back and go find a job you like and care about.
5. Not moving!! Again, DO YOUR DAMN JOB!!!!!

If you don't like the bus drivers in Ascension Parish move to another Parish such as East Baton Rouge and see how the bus driver handle your kids there!!

to Candis-what in the world does it have anything to do with you being "white"? No mention of anybody's race is anywhere in this story or in any of the comments. I don't care what race someone is-if they are not fit for the job-they need to be removed. I know for a fact that there have been many complaints about this driver over the years but they continue to let her drive. She left the children alone on a bus on a street that has known drug activity all the time. Even shootings.

And I'm sorry If my child is on a bus and is coming home complaining "since the beginning of the year" for my child's safety, I would have been removed my child from "public transportation" and had my child escorted to school with "luxury services". I would never "continuously" allow any kid(s) of mines to be placed in a bad environment. If you are sooooo concerned about "your child's" safety why continue to put him/her in danger?!?! What type of parent are you?

Candice-you must be related to the driver. Leaving children alone on a bus while you go into a house on a street that has had numerous shootings and drug arrests is not safe and should never be defended. I don't care who she is, how long she has worked, what color her skin is, or anything else. My child was left alone and I am not happy. They should provide safe transportation. She is not safe. And you really stooped low when you brought the race issue into this. That was never the issue.

If you're so concerned about your child's safety. Get your lazy A## up and take your child to school yourself. The bus drivers are on a very low salary and they live to support their families as well. I'm sorry not everyone is brought up eating with a silver spoon . And if this was someone of another race, this would not have been an issue. Can we figure out something else to "complain" about.... Like, why Bobby Jindal is still in office? You'll get more publicity for your post dear!!

These comments or pathetic!! The bus driver has been driving for years. It amazes how individuals can move to a Ascension Parish and start all types of confusion. The bus driver has driven all of my kids and I could not have asked for anyone better. And I must say I'm "white". This lady would have never done anything intentional to hurt anyone kid(s), nor would she have left any child with anyone that would cause them harm. Lets be realistic people and jump into reality.

My child rides on this bus. There have been problems from the beginning of the year. I know several parents have called to complain. But nothing is ever done. They have been left completely alone on this bus twice this year. How many more times does this have to happen before they do something? Is it that the "right" person hasn't complained? What is it going to take for them to take action? If they would at least answer emails or return the parent's phone calls-maybe we would understand

In today's world of sociopaths, pedophiles, and drugs heads, leaving a school bus unattended is absolutely unacceptable!! These lunatics sit and wait for a chance to get to our innocent children. There are news headlines everyday about a child being kidnapped, abused, raped and killed because of irresponsible actions such as these.
Can you say class action law suit??? Morris Bart????

This is completely ridiculous, the driver called the school board and made sure it was alright. She wouldn't have done it if it wasn't. She parked in the parking lot because there was a big wreck and she was trying to see if she could get around it. This parent's just angry because her child is bad and she wants someone to blame. The driver did nothing wrong, the school board wouldn't stick by her if she did. Also, who cares if the kids didn't know the person.Who was supost to watch them, Santa?

It is easy to point fingers when you have little to no facts. And then post negitively about the spokesperson for the school is uncalled for. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Facts?? We have what we know from our children. Want us to believe something else? Then give us the facts instead of hiding behind the irresponsible school board that apparently has done nothing for the safety of our children. This is also not the first time this has happened.
Glass houses??? What are you talking about? We are the not the one who left an entire bus load of elementary children, not even high school, unattended!!!
Angry? Yes, we are talking about the safety of our children!

At easy to point the finger: we do have the facts and some of us have witnessed her actions. I am guessing that you don't have children who ride this bus, multiple complaints have been voiced, not just from this incident, but from others that have happened since the school year began. How would u feel if a bus that your child was riding on was a abandoned not once, but twice this year so far unsupervised. With all the tragic things that happen in this world today, it is just not safe.

Perhaps the busdiver was sick and thats why she stoped at her house. There had to be a reasopn for the driver to get off her bus.

THE BOARD WOULD HAVE BEEN LIABLE

Does it matter who the individual was? It was a stranger to the children and an unauthorized person on the bus. How about putting Johnnie Balfantz's kids on that bus and see if he feels the same way! Since when is it ok for a bus driver to abandon her bus full of children to go inside of her home and send some man to check on the kids? Or leave the bus full of children in a parking lot and run in traffic to go and speak to people that she knew who were stuck in traffic? Can u say liability!

I AGREE . I SAW WITH MY OWN TWO EYES THIS LADY PARKED IN OSCHNER CLINIC PARKING LOT RAN DOWN THE STREET TO SEE TRAFFIC ON 73 . I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SHE WOULD PARK THE BUS GO IN HER HOUSE AND SEND SOME STRANGE MAN NAMED LEE ON THE BUS TO WATCH KIDS . WE AS PARENTS CANT' EVEN RIDE A SCHOOL BUS FOR FIELD TRIPS MUCH LESS . SEND SOME MAN THAT DOES NOT EVEN WORK FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD MY THEORY ON THIS IS THAT THEY ARE NOT TAKING ANY ACTIONS FROM THIS . IF SOMETHING WOULD HAVE HAPPENED

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