Father upset kids were forced to sit on school bus for over an hour

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:22 pm | Updated: 9:09 pm, Thu Apr 18, 2013.

BRADENTON, FL. - A Manatee County father is irate after learning that his kids sat on a school bus for over an hour after the driver refused to leave the school and made threats to the children.

Will Stutzmen's son and daughter both attend Braden River Middle School in Bradenton. On Wednesday, he received the call that his kids were on the bus, parked in the bus ramp at the school more than hour after school let out, and he was furious.

Stutzmen says it was a substitute bus driver who picked up the kids, and according to what his children told him, the driver refused to move the bus until every student was 100 percent quiet.

His kids told him that no one was acting out on the bus, and the noise level was normal. It wasn't until the principal came out to go home for the day that he realized the school bus hadn't left the bus ramp, and parents were called to come pick up their children.

“Sitting in there for over an hour and then threatening to turn up the heat and blast them? It was a typical day. My kids said no one was yelling or screaming, but to sit here for over an hour without moving at all is absolutely ridiculous.

Stutzmen says according to the Transportation Department, all school bus drivers have the right to refuse to move the bus if they feel the students are acting out, causing unsafe driving conditions.

We spoke to the Manatee County School District. They are still looking into it, but did say that the bus driver reports that the students were so loud and unruly that she didn't feel safe driving away from the school. In fact, the driver couldn't even hear the dispatch radio next to her.

We will have more on this incident coming up at 5.

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  • Office Annie posted at 2:15 pm on Sun, Mar 24, 2013.

    Office Annie Posts: 1

    Drove school bus for over 30 years in manatee county. Never ever heard a student tell a parent that the bus was loud or that they ever did anything to contribute to any problems on the school bus. What concerned parent would wait an hour before he tried to locate his children. Certainly he would know the bus number, and the phone number to the transportation department. (If he called he would know in minutes if they were having problems) Don
    't know this particular route, but unless he lives on the island or Myakka, usually the children are home in 15 or 20 minutes. So Mr. Concerned parent I understand they are taking application for bus driver, if you qualify. But I'm thinking that is beneath your expertise. So good luck to you and your perfect children, mine were not. Yours truly two of a kind.

  • Pam posted at 7:34 am on Sun, Mar 24, 2013.

    Pam Posts: 1

    I remember the accident that happened on SR 64 just over a year ago, the driver was distracted by one student and rear-ended a semi. Any time a drivers attention is on what's happening inside of a vehicle rather than what's happening outside the vehicle accidents can happen. I would prefer my child sitting uncomfortable in a parked bus over being on I 75 with a driver that's doesn't have her mind on her driving. And when she threatened turning on the heat why didn't anyone think to open a window. I don't think any child would be punished for opening a window in a parked bus even if the driver wrote a referral. I would love to see the video from that afternoon so I could see what was happening during that hour and if I would have been distracted. I love my children and I will not stand for anyone mistreating them, but I know their idea of being too loud is a lot different than mine.

  • lola111 posted at 11:30 pm on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    lola111 Posts: 1

    this is to show how teenagers act with others no respect for their elders look what happend on Jan 5, 2012...
    Officials: 21 students hurt in school bus crash in ... - Bradenton.com
    www.bradenton.com/2012/.../school-bus-crash-bradenton-florida.ht... if they disrespect teachers, bus drivers and the status they have in FACEBOOK but for them its all funny. on a bus full of kids i think they should always have an aide if they don't follow rules in school or buses they should be able to suspension , saturday school make them clean the schools or buses as well may be boot camp will help a little.



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