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Fox 4 catches school bus running stop sign

Fox 4 catches school bus running stop sign

By Matt Grant. CREATED May 7, 2012

NORTH FORT MYERS - Fox 4 was rolling when a Lee County school bus rolled right past a stop sign.

"I'm still in shock," said school board member Don Armstrong who witnessed the incident. "I just watched a bus roll through a stop sign."

The incident happened just two days after parents in this North Fort Myers neighborhood told Fox 4 that buses have been ignoring the stop sign for at least a year.

It was after 5 p.m. Monday when bus number 2881 saw our camera but missed the stop sign at the corner of Dalewood and Brooklawn.

"We have excellent drivers," said Armstrong. "But to watch one do the one thing these people complain about is shocking."

But it's not shocking to Tes Musielak. Her security cameras have captured buses appearing to speed and not stop at that intersection over and over.

"How many times would you say you complained to the school district tin the last year?," asked Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant.

"Probably over 20 times," said Musielak.

Neighbors say things have gotten so bad they've put up their own sign underneath the stop sign saying: "Slow please we [love] our children."

After watching what happened, Armstrong got on the phone with the district's safety director.

"I am sitting out here with Fox 4 doing an interview with them," said Armstrong, "and one of our handicapped buses just rolled the stop sign."

He says the driver will most likely face disciplinary action. As for the stop sign, Armstrong says the district is now looking at changing the bus routes to avoid making the sharp turn.

He plans to meet with district officials on Tuesday to go over different options for a new bus route. But with two weeks left of school, he says those changes probably won't happen this year.

"It's your child, my child, somebody's grandchild," said Armstrong. "That's the big deal."

Matt Grant
mgrant@fox4now.com