Brampton School Investigating After Bus Driver Refuses to Take Allegedly Noisy Students Home
It appears one Brampton bus driver did not have patience for a group of students who were reportedly too noisy to be driven home.
According to a recent CP24 article, staff at Mount Royal Public School have requrested that the driver take on a different route after she refused to drop off a group of loud children until they quieted down.
The students' trip home was delayed by more than hour as a result.
In a letter to parents first obtained by NewsTalk 1010, the principal said the driver pulled over for 20 minutes on Feb. 15 due to "excessive noise" on board. The letter said the driver resumed driving, but took the students back to school instead. Once back at the school, the students were reportedly spoken to and the driver was told to bring the children home.
According to CP24, the driver stopped again for another 20 minutes after leaving the school.
According to the article, the school has contacted school bus agency Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR) regarding the issue and is awaiting the agency's decision on whether or not the driver will be assigned a different route.
A Peel District School Board spokesperson did tell CP24 that STOPR drivers are permitted to stop their vehicles if excessive noise presents a safety hazard and that the driver in question was concerned about safety—not punishing the 40 students on board.
The incident is currently under investigation and there is no indication that the driver will be relieved of her duties at this time.
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