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Bus aide is 1 of 3 fired in Provo district this year

Bus aide is 1 of 3 fired in Provo district this year

By | Posted - Dec. 21, 2011 at 8:59 a.m.

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PROVO -- A bus driver's aide is just one of three Provo School District transportation employees to be fired for assault or inappropriate contact this year.

The aide was fired after being accused of pushing a student into a seat and swearing at them last Friday.

The Daily Herald reports earlier this year, a bus driver was fired for sending a text to a female student who rode the bus. Texting a student, and touching a student except to keep them safe, violates district policy.

Another bus driver was fired after being accused of picking up an 11-year-old student by his backpack and shaking him on Nov. 30.

District spokesman Greg Hudnall told the Herald the school has a zero tolerance policy, so all three employees were fired, even though criminal charges were not filed.

In at least a couple of the cases, students on the bus had been disruptive and disobedient. Hudnall said the district recommends bus drivers or aides contact district transportation officials for help if they're unsure how to handle the situation.

The district employs nearly 70 bus drivers and aides.

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