Alliance bus driver placed on administrative leave after Facebook video captures unsafe driving

Posted at 8:52 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 10:48:59-04

An Alliance school bus driver is under investigation after a couple captured cell phone video of the driver swerving through Stark County on Tuesday.

The couple claimed on the video the driver was speeding and almost hit other cars as he was texting while driving.

Alliance City Schools released a statement after the couple reported the driver. The district released the following statement:

At the Alliance City Schools, we make student safety our top priority, and we hold our staff and bus drivers to the highest professional and safety standards. Earlier today, it was brought to our attention that one of our bus drivers may have been speeding and texting while operating a district bus. NO students were on the bus at the time.

As soon as the district was notified, the driver was placed on administrative leave and an investigation began immediately. The bus driver in question will be dealt with according to the Alliance City Schools Employee Code of Conduct.

As the safety of our students is our top priority, we will not tolerate this kind of behavior from any district staff member. We will again communicate and reinforce our expectations and safety policies to our transportation staff.