Frustrated parents demand answers, policy change following alleged sexual abuse on school bus

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  • MadDad Bountiful, UT
    June 11, 2014 10:36 p.m.

    @My2Cents - You are allowed your own opinion. But by that logic, we could eliminate all bus traffic by just having every parent bus their own kids. Having handicap transport is one of those things that is a right, not a privilege. Special Needs parents have WAY to much on their plate already, and to add busing their kids to school each day is ridiculous.

    There needs to be 2 adults on EVERY Special Needs bus. Many of these children are unable to say anything about what is going on. IEPs are not being met on many occasions. Even for medical emergencies alone there should be an assistant to help out. There is really NO reason not to have 2 adults on these buses.

    P.S. I have a SN child who is non-verbal so I know exactly what these parents go through on a daily basis.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    June 11, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    @My2Cents - you sound like that you work for UTA who wants to stop Paratransit for disabled people. Sorry sir it won't happen. It is up to parents if they want to take their kids to school on there own which should be fine.

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    June 11, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    Not sure what that obviously upset parent thinks ought to be publicly discussed here. The fact is that the School District has legal considerations whether the accused is innocent or guilty and accusation, even arrest is not proof of guilt. Should this prove to be true and a crime or the subject of a civil suit speaking out of turn has bad consequences. Even if it were true and the guy did that, it does not necessarily follow that the District is responsible even if it will probably need to investigate properly and establish the facts in its own defense. Two deep did not protect the truly awful witch hunt that McMartin became. There should be a proper investigation; and this does not include sharing information of no probative value such as rumor and inaccurate things, or fomenting knee jerk emotional responses.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    How about a policy change where parents accompany their child to school? Ride the bus with your child or drive them there yourself.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 11, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    Sounds great pops but will the public pony up for our children or just provide the righteous indignation?

    My2Cents: You might have a point but schools and districts have no say in the matter. Special education falls under the federal government and districts must provide the service.

    June 11, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    Two-deep adult presence should be the across-the-board policy in our schools. Gone are the days when one adult can be trusted, whether in the classroom or on a school bus. Yes, it will cost more, but we've had enough of the sexual exploitation of children in and around our public schools.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    June 11, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    School boards are just another layer of protection for the district office. Where is the transparency in government?

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    June 11, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    I think waiting for the school administration to step up and take responsibility is a big mistake. Everyone with special needs children should demand and immedicate IEP and make a requirement that the school place an aide on any school bus their child rides on. Secondly, bring a civil suit against the school. Get depositions with the answers to questions of who hired the bus driver? Was a background check done? If a background check was done and ignored, that person should be out the door. Let the criminal case proceed, every parent should be at every court hearing, every parent should be at the sentencing demanding that he be registered as a sex offender and as a condition of his probation (because I don't believe he will serve any time) he not be around children.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 11, 2014 4:51 a.m.

    Parents should be frustrated but what is being proposeed by radical parent behind the allegations are unfounded. One irresponsible parent with a special needs child who cannot comprehend or understand parental inquisition is creating unfounded accusations.

    The bus cameras are not intended to monitor drivers credibility or actions and with the level of background investigations that should be done is enough security to trust the drivers moving children from home to schools and back.

    I am familiar with the special needs buses and find they are not such a good deal for the students or the parents or the schools. I think they should stop using buses for special needs children and make parents provide the transportaion of their children and it would eliminate dozens of drivers, buses, and the safety of their children and up to 4 hour bus rides everyday. Parental convenience is no reason to endanger or put undo stress on low IQ and handicapped children.

    Parents are responsible for their children and special needs children don't have the ability to recognize when they are being assaulted or abused and can easily be persuaded by parents to falsify inquisitions about other people.