DA reviewing accusations that school bus driver inappropriately touched students

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DA reviewing accusations that school bus driver inappropriately touched students

CREATED Nov. 10, 2011

PORT WASHINGTON- The Port Washington Police Chief says the case of a school bus driver accused of inappropriately touching middle school students is now in the hands of the District Attorney for review.

This bus driver isn't just accused of inappropriately touching students on his bus, but also for safety violations.

Joyce Buchholz of the Johnson School Bus Service showed TODAY'S TMJ4 the school bus one of her long-time drivers used.

That driver is on administrative leave - after being accused of inappropriately touching students on his routes.

But also - having some of them ride in unsafe conditions.

Buchholz says the driver's actions put kids at risk, saying,  "They could go through the window. They could go forward, choke themselves on here, (points to metal bar for bus doors)."

At Thomas Jefferson Middle School - the principal says the driver's actions can't be defended.

Thomas Jefferson Principal Arlan Galarowicz told TODAY'S TMJ4, "There's no excuse for kids being in the front of the bus and the kids were up by him, talking with him."

The District Attorney is still reviewing the accusations of inappropriate touching by the driver, who students say, touched them as they went by.

Police have interviewed 37 students so far and some parents are worried.

Vera Steitzer has a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and tells TODAY'S TMJ4, "Let kids be more aware of what's right and what's wrong of touching and stuff like that."

Port Washington's Police Chief told TODAY'S TMJ4 that a criminal complaint could come as early as Friday.

 

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