Durham fires bus driver accused of leaving kids on board

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) Durham School Services has fired the bus driver accused of leaving two children unattended on a bus Tuesday.

They were children of a Durham employee who works as a bus monitor.

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She brought her kids to the Durham lot to catch the bus.

But the company says there were mechanical problems with the bus, so the driver switched.

However the two children did not make it onto the second bus.

They were reportedly left alone for about an hour before another Durham dispatcher spotted them.

On Thursday night, the Hamilton County School system released this statement on the incident.

“Our very first priority in any situation is the safety and well-being of the children entrusted to us by the parents and families of this community,” stated Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “In every situation from the child boarding a bus in the morning to activities in the classroom or at school, the safety of children drives everything we do as a school system.”