School districts review video policy following bus driver charges

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 25, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    In reality by far the biggest problem on our buses are the students (and their obnoxious behaviors towards each other and the adults) than the bus drivers and aids.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 24, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    If time to review tapes is a problem, perhaps they could be initially reviewed, or random reviewed by some folks with time on their hands.

    Since these are "public places" there should not be any privacy issues with people other than cops or school administrators viewing them.

    How about asking for volunteers from senior citizen homes to view them? Or, even prison inmates sentenced for non-violent, non-sexual crimes? Tapes are not old physical tapes, but are actually digital files that can be viewed remotely, or transmitted as email attachments or downloaded by a password protected connection. Therefore there is no need for couriers to haul them around or anything.

    Cost would be zero, or maybe a nominal fee ($1-5 per tape?).

    What we do not need to do is to hire a horde of new school employees to watch boring videos of kids riding on buses in the hope that if you watch long enough you will see some creepy bus driver committing a crime.

    Or, make very parent who has a kid riding the bus watch one video a month as sort of "bus fare" payment.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 24, 2014 3:23 a.m.

    Law enforcement is not the jurisdiction of the education system nor is spying on children and employees legal or justified. If the education system has problems with their hiring process then it becomes their problem. The departments liability to the safety of children is at the front end of their hiring process, not the back door to deny accountability for their lack of competence. Otherwise spying and law enforcements is an unconstitutional act of the department of educaiton.

    The original intent of the camera buses was to put some sort of order on the buses to use fear for childrens behavior and disrespect for the drivers, now this inept department is so incompetent in investigating employees before they are hired want to set up covert spy department in education.

    Then hiring people based on race and not qualification or American nationality is criminal administration.

    Maybe even go so far as to eliminate buses for the elementary schools that are so close to homes it would be safer for them to walk than let schools have incompetent oversight. Once the children are on the school grounds then child security becomes their limited responsiblity.