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Bus Company Suspends Driver Investigated for Making Inappropriate Comments to Seneca Valley Student

The 18-year-old bus driver made improper comments to an eighth-grade student, but the remarks did not warrant filing criminal charges, according to Jackson Township police.

A.J. Myers & Sons has suspended a Seneca Valley school bus driver while Jackson Township police investigate comments they say he made to an eighth-grade student.

“The school bus driver was suspended on Monday and will remain suspended until the investigation of the allegations is completed,” said a statement from A.J. Myers, the company Seneca Valley contracts with for bus services.

Jackson Township Police Chief Terry Seilhamer said an investigation concluded Thursday evening found the 18-year-old bus driver made inappropriate but not criminal comments to the student.

Although there were claims the driver also texted and made improper comments to the student on Facebook, Seilhamer said police found no evidence of any exchange.

No charges have been filed against the driver.

“We don’t have any evidence whatsoever of criminal activity,” he said.

Seilhamer said the student saw the driver outside school grounds in a social setting during the district’s holiday break in late December and early January.

The driver, who did not have the student on his bus route, then made comments to the student about his life that Seilhamer described as inappropriate for an adult to discuss with a juvenile. The conversation did not include any sort of solicitation, Seilhamer said.

The chief said Seneca Valley became aware of the incident Monday after a fellow student mentioned it to staff at the middle school. The district took immediate action, he said. 

“The school and police conducted numerous interviews,” he said.

A.J. Myers said it cooperated with Jackson Police and the school district in the investigation.

“If the allegations are proven to be true by the investigation, the driver will be terminated at the conclusion of the investigation,” the company said.

The bus company said it would not provide any other information because the matter involves personnel.

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CH February 04, 2013 at 04:51 AM
James, did you read the article? Quote: "Seilhamer said the student saw the driver outside school grounds in a social tetting during the district’s holiday break in late December and early January. The driver, who did not have the student on his bus route, then made comments to the student about his life that Seilhamer described as inappropriate for an adult to discuss with a juvenile. The conversation did not include any sort of solicitation, Seilhamer said" So James, you think the bus company is now responsible for everything every driver does on their own time? Really?? Outside school grounds. During school break. The student doesn't even ride this guys bus. Ya know, once I had a postal employee say something to me at a ball game that made me angry. He wasn't working at the time, but by your theory, the postal service should be responsible for that and fire the guy, right? The rest of your post is most reasonable, but dang that second sentence makes credibility a little weak IMO..
james hollerbrock February 04, 2013 at 05:16 AM
yes CH, i did read the article. the district brought the bus company into this. For one I really think since it happened outside of school control. The district should not even be involved in the matters, it has no baring in this at all. the police, driver and students parents should only be. The district should have told the police that we have no authority over this since it did not happen on school property. and waited for the police outcome before bringing the bus company into this. SV needs to understand once a student leaves their property they have no authority what goes on outside their property. It is for the police to handle it. The district tarnished somebody with out waiting for all the facts and investigation to conclude. Before this even went to the media it should have waited for the outcome, then made a statement.
james hollerbrock February 04, 2013 at 05:39 AM
And one other point. If I was the parent(s) I would be going to the school, to find out why they questioned my child when it happened off school grounds. The child should have never been questioned by the district. That would be like questioning your child for something that you did in your own house or own property and the neighbor or a bystander told the school. Would you want your child questioned by the school at length? or handled by law enforcement ?
CH February 05, 2013 at 02:38 PM
james, I think we are aligned other than the one comment, to which I understand your follow-up response.
Ishi February 05, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I was 18 Years old when I first started driving a school bus and I was fine, mature and responsible. Don't discriminate age! I drove and acted better than some of the other drivers out there! People shouldn't judge someone if they don't know them! Don't judge a book by its cover! I couldn't tell you how many people driving their normal cars can't drive! Do half of you realize what it takes to get a cdl license and not only that but you HAVE to be re certified after 4 years! And I couldn't tell you how many idiots are driving normal cars out there- they shouldn't have their licenses but nothing is done about them! I am not saying all 18 year olds are capable of driving a school bus. There is a lot to it and people DO NOT realize it! But the fact is do not say that no one under a certain age should be driving because there are good drivers and good people out there!

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