A Longview Independent School District school bus driver was fired on Wednesday after reports that the driver kicked over twenty students off of her bus on Friday near the intersection of Garfield and High Street in Longview. A witness saw the students exit the bus and walk east on Garfield and
cross High street, a busy four-lane road in South Longview.
Laramie Jackson, Pastor of Temple of
Deliverance and Healing, was dropping off some paperwork at the Boy's
and Girl's Club of Longview when he saw a LISD school bus pull over
across the street. Laramie Jackson called Longview Police, who told him
to keep an eye on the students as they went home.
was parked in front of the church right down here, and I was inside the
Boy's and Girl's Club, and actually we saw these children in the road,"
said Jackson. "We asked them where are you coming from, and of course
we could see the bus and she was letting them all out. They said the bus
driver was letting them all out because they were too loud and rowdy
and put everyone off the bus. So these children were walking all in the
road, on the side in the grass and they were coming this way. Our
biggest fear was they were going to have to cross this intersection to
get home, and they were saying they lived on the other side of town."
students, who were from Forest Park Middle School, were let off in the
Ware Elementary school zone, but the crossing guard wasn't there at 5:45
when the children were dropped off.
came across the street and then they went down Garfield, and so the
students were all over the place. Some of them live in this
neighborhood, some didn't. They lived in the next neighborhood, and some
of them said they lived over on the other side of Green Street, so they
still had a long way to walk," Jackson recalled.
says there are procedures for many things that could happen on a bus,
and none of them include emptying the bus for disciplinary reasons.