Family claims school bus driver texts and drives

Posted: 10/03/12 at 10:55 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/04/12 at 2:18 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Boston family is involved in a dispute over a school bus driver they say was using a cell phone while kids were on the bus.

Caeli Bourbeau is outraged. She says the bus driver was on the phone when she went to get her 12-year-old niece off the school bus in Charlestown the other day.

“I saw her myself talking on the phone,” Bourbeau said.

Destiny Andujar says her school bus driver not only talks on the phone, but also text messages -- at times taking both hands completely off the wheel.

“At times she only has one hand on the phone and one hand on the wheel but sometimes she just takes that hand off and starts texting,” Andujar said.

The seventh grader told her aunt she felt unsafe.

“I was scared that me and my friends got hurt if some reason she lost control of bus,” said Andujar.

Bourbeau says she filed three separate complaints with Boston Public Schools and the district says the school bus company “First Student” investigated the claims.

It found the driver did have a cell phone, which is against company policy. But because it was a first offense, the driver was only suspended for one day.

Bourbeau says the driver broke the law and put a bus load of children in danger.

“Their sole job is to transport our kids safely. That’s what we’re asking from the bus drivers and I don’t think it’s too much to have a zero-tolerance policy and no progressive discipline,” Bourbeau said.

The family says they wanted the bus driver taken off of her route for a full investigation to see how prevalent her cell phone use is.

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