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I-Team UPDATE: Bus drivers say they have reported disruptive students

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Students can be seen hanging out the windows of an EBR School Bus (Source: Anonymous viewer) Students can be seen hanging out the windows of an EBR School Bus (Source: Anonymous viewer)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

On the heels of an incident in which a photo was snapped with a cell phone of a student literally hanging out of a school bus, two school bus drivers claim they told their supervisors about disruptive students on buses.

The picture was taken by a driver on Bluebonnet Boulevard Friday around 2:30 p.m. A report was done on the incident Monday and since then, two current East Baton Rouge school bus drivers reached out to explain what they deal with on a daily basis with some of the students on their buses. In this report, they will be referred to as ‘Mike' and ‘Kevin' to protect their identities.

The two drivers say they dread going to work every morning and describe the bus ride as "chaos."

"They smoke marijuana on the bus every other morning," said 'Mike.' "I don't know where it's coming from."

"It's like you're hauling inmates," 'Kevin' added.

"They'll stick their head out the window and say, '**** you.' I mean, cars passing by, throwing stuff at them. You tell them sit down and their magical word is, '**** you. Come make me sit down,'" ‘Mike' said. 

Keith Bromery, the spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge School System, was shown the picture of the student hanging out the window. Officials were reportedly looking into who was driving the bus that day. However, the two bus drivers said that's exactly why they decided to speak up.

"The school board, they act like they really concerned about the kids hanging out of the window, but actually they're really not," said 'Mike.'

"You threaten the bus drivers as sacrificial lamb to make the public think that's it the bus drivers when the problem is really the school board and the transportation department," 'Kevin' added.

Both 'Kevin' and 'Mike' claim that in their time of driving EBR school buses, they have told their supervisors and even their supervisors' supervisor about all the instances.

"And, it's like nothing ever happens. Nothing ever happens," said 'Mike.' "I mean why should we report any because nothing is being done about it," he answered when asked if he's gotten to a point that he no longer reports incidents.

"When you tell people about it, it's like, 'Well okay, just write them up,' and you keep writing someone up and they keep coming back or they're threatening you, 'I'll do this to you,' or 'I'll beat you,' and 'I'll do that,' every day. You just get to the point where you just go on and I've talked to many bus drivers and they're like, 'Well, I'm not going to say anything to them anymore. I'm just going to let them do whatever they do and I'm just going to try to go ahead on and do the best I can because I'm close to retiring,'" 'Kevin' said.

"All I know is that every case involving a referral about a disruptive student on a bus is supposed to be followed up on," said Bromery.

According to Bromery, there have been cases where disruptive students have been suspended or completely banned from riding the school bus, stressing that there are policies in place for dealing with these children. He added that drivers do go through two to six weeks of training, including handling disruptions and if need be, administrators ride along in the buses.

However, both drivers said things happen differently from Bromery's explanation of policies and one went so far to say he started the same day he applied.

"No ma'am. You don't get that kind of training in the transportation department," 'Mike' responded when asked if he received training to deal with disruptive children.

"They get orientation as to different strategies they are to use when it comes to students who were disruptive," Bromery said.

"You could at least start implementing a policy. There's no policy for drivers for whatever," said 'Kevin.'

"There are policies in dealing with disruptive students on buses," said Bromery.

"They're going to get an administrator to ride the bus, but it never happens. All of it is just talk. All of it is just talk, no action," 'Mike' added.

"I'm telling you that when it is a situation that warrants a supervisor or an administrator being on a bus, we will do that and we have taken that action before," Bromery explained.

The school board stressed anytime drivers or anyone files a report about disruptive students officials look into it and if warranted, the student can face suspension or be banned from ever riding the bus again.

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