Thursday, July 24, 2008

School Bus Case

Today I filed the civil suit against the Sumner County Board of Education relating to the 7 year old child that the bus driver left on a running bus that she had parked in the bus garage. The same bus driver later assaulted and battered the older brother of this child and one of his close friends. The later assault somehow led to charges being filed against the children for filing a false report. I posted about that case a week or so ago and you can read about it below.

The civil suit combines both the left on the bus aspects and the assault aspects. The family of the two brothers was interviewed on WSMV Channel 4 here in Nashville today. I thought the interview went well and the resulting story (in the My Cases in the News section to the right) was very well done.

One of the most interesting aspects of this case is that the school district took no substantive action against the driver. For the first incident she was given three days paid suspension (a vacation). For the second, she escaped punishment when the children got charged with a crime (the case was nolled on the day of trial). The school district stated tonight (for the news story) that the driver was still a driver.

It will be interesting to see how this case progresses. The simple fact is that it is difficult to see how anyone (sitting on a jury) could take the side of the school board. They have 30 days to file an answer. Stay tuned for developments


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