Parents: School bus driver asked student to get mustard packets - KCTV5

Parents: School bus driver asked student to get mustard packets from McDonald's

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RAYMORE, MO (KCTV) -

A viewer contacted KCTV about something strange that happened on her child's school bus and now the driver of that bus has been suspended.

On Missouri Highway 58 in Raymore is where parents said the incident happened Wednesday afternoon when a school bus driver referred to as "Miss Bernice" asked a student to exit the bus, cross the parking lot and get her some mustard packets.

A parent whose child rode Bus #55 said Miss Bernice decided she was going to pull the bus over onto a side road that runs next to the McDonald's on Highway 58.

The parent said the driver told the student that she was having "dizzy spells," that her blood pressure was elevated and the bus driver needed the child to go inside the McDonald's and get mustard packets. She then made an 11-year-old girl get off the school bus, cross the drive-thru line area and get the packets.

Apple Bus Company who contracts with the Raymore-Peculiar School District to transport students told KCTV5 Thursday they are taking this incident "very seriously" and are investigating what happened.

Apple Bus manager Stacy Hill confirmed the bus driver did ask one student to leave the bus Wednesday. That student, according to the company, was off the bus for about two minutes.

The company is talking to the driver and some of the 30 or so students aboard the bus to learn more about what happened.

Hill said the driver has worked for them for several years and is "very apologetic" and "extremely upset" about this incident.

Apple Bus said its bus drivers are told to follow company policy which only allows students to exit the bus once they have arrived at their destination, like school, home or a school-sponsored function.

Ray-Pec School District Superintendent Dr. Jeff Kyle said the district is aware of the circumstances involving bus #55.

"This is not how we would expect our driver to handle this situation," Kyle said in a statement.

The transport company said the driver has been placed on temporary leave. But parents argue that's not enough and, according to an email from a parent who didn't want to be named, they "do not feel comfortable with ever allowing our children back on the bus with that driver."

KCTV5's Jami Brinton asked Apple Bus Company if the bus driver will be fired as a result of what happened Wednesday. Hill said that each case is different and that Apple Bus has not yet decided whether it will allow the bus driver to stay.

Kyle said in a phone interview they intend to work with Apple Bus to "make the appropriate personnel decision."

The company's investigation is set to wrap up by Monday.

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