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EBR school bus driver on leave after profanity-laced howl at students was caught on camera

2 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago Thursday, October 04 2018 Oct 4, 2018 October 04, 2018 11:18 AM October 04, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – An East Baton Rouge Parish School System bus driver was placed on leave after a person driving next to a bus recorded the driver’s profanity-laced fuss at students onboard.

Because of the incident, all transportation employees with EBR will have to undergo additional training. The school system says the training will focus on best customer service practices.

The video was recorded during the morning route while the bus was alongside other vehicles at a stop light at the corner of Bluebonnet and Airline Highway Wednesday. A driver stopped next to the bus told WBRZ she heard the driver yelling. The yelling was so loud, the woman said, she could hear it inside her vehicle.

She shared the video with the WBRZ Investigative Unit.

For nearly 30 seconds, the bus driver is heard screeching at the students. At times, the fussing is so sharp, it’s almost inaudible from the recording device in the other lane.

But, the bus driver is visibly upset.

“I’m … pissed off,” the bus driver yells before another tirade and then driving forward as the light changes. As she drives off, she continues yelling.

The driver is driving bus 2195.

The school system told WBRZ Thursday, the driver was on leave.

“The East Baton Rouge Parish School System was notified that a bus operator used inappropriate language while operating a bus. District officials placed the driver on administrative leave,” a district spokesperson said.

The school system says the bus in the video, 2195, services Northdale Superintendent's Academy at Choctaw and Sherwood Forrest.

The additional training begins this week for in-office transportation employees, and bus drivers are expected to go through the training in the next two weeks.

The school system did not share details about how old the students were, how many students were on the bus or why the driver was so angry.

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