Lost your job? Bummer, dude.
The man behind the wheel of the Belleville West High School bus during the bullying incident
that got seven students suspended, left one kid beaten and bloodied, and sent racist Internet trolls
into a tizzy, will no longer work for the district.
The driver--whose name has not been released--- will, however, keep his job
with First Student, the contractor who operates busses for several local schools.
First Student decided to transfer the driver despite stating that he "followed correct procedure" by not stopping the bus during the fights. In videos of the incident
, the driver can be heard shouting for the kids to "sit down" and "cool it" and contacting school officials via radio to report the fights and make sure a nurse was waiting to treat the bleeding victim.
"After review of the driver's actions during this event," school district superintendent Greg Moats said, "It has been determined that this driver will no longer transport district 201 students."
The Belleville-News Democrat
continues its blanket coverage
of the story. Check there for more details, including this statement from First Student:
Maureen Richmond, the spokesman, said the company suspended the driver while they conducted an internal investigation, which was completed Wednesday.
"We are confident our driver did follow the correct procedure during the altercation he witnessed, and he will be reinstated," Richmond said.