Durham responds to WFISD bus incident

Durham responds to WFISD bus incident

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - An incident on a Wichita Falls school bus Tuesday afternoon has created a lot of chatter on social media.
A bus coming from Barwise had an unscheduled stop on Kemp.
Brian Gibson, General Manager of the Durham School Services, said kids were being very loud on the bus once it was pulled over and people outside could hear them.
However, despite what has been posted on one Facebook page, no one was injured and the incident has now been addressed.
    "The bus driver had an incident involving a student and he felt the need to pull the bus over to properly handle that student discipline issue for his safety and the others on board," Gibson said.
The rumors began floating around social media Tuesday night after speculation a bus driver was injured by a student.
Gibson refutes that claim.
    "There was no situation that involved harming the bus driver or a situation that he was assaulted physically by a student in hand to hand combat," Gibson said.
So what exactly did happen?
    "We had a student that violated one of our key discipline policies that reflect safety on the school bus," Gibson said. "Any of those policies, whether it be getting out of your seat, throwing items across the aisle, talking too loud or turning around in your seat the wrong direction. Any of those policies are all safety concerns for us."
All WFISD buses are equipped with camera's not to just look over previous incidents, but watch for training and behavioral issues.
Gibson does not believe the occurrence was a big deal.
    "Transporting as many as we do everyday, pulling a bus over isn't an uncommon practice," Gibson said. "Just in this situation, where we pulled the bus over with the traffic that was there, it created a little bit of exposure."
Disciplinary actions have been taken and Durham will be monitoring the bus.
    "We will be putting a little more focus, specifically on this bus, over the next couple weeks to help make sure that the disciplinary actions that we put in place stay in place and the students stay behaving the way that we expect them to," Gibson said.
Gibson said each day Durham transfers around 3,500 kids for the WFISD.
He said students can be a little bit more hyper and difficult to handle in the afternoon's but the bus drivers said they do this job because they love it and are willing to deal with these types of situations.
Gibson said the bus driver believed he had the incident under control.
A police report was not filed and the total time the bus was stopped for approximately two minutes.

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