Swansfield pupil hurt while on a school bus

Driver reportedly disciplined after trying to teach the kids a lesson


A Swansfield Elementary School pupil was slightly injured Wednesday morning when a school bus driver tried to teach children a lesson about staying in their seats, school spokeswoman Patti Caplan said yesterday.

She would not say whether the bus driver was fired.

Caplan would not name the driver, but she said the woman had been trying to encourage children to remain in their seats by telling them about a time she had to brake suddenly to avoid a deer. She told the children that people who were not in their seats went flying, Caplan said.

When the bus arrived Wednesday morning at Swansfield, on Cedar Lane in Columbia, the driver "demonstrated what she was talking about in the parking lot by braking real quickly," Caplan said.

One child suffered a minor head injury after bumping into a bus seat, Caplan said. The child went to the school health assistant, who notified the principal.

The child was not seriously injured, Caplan said, and the parents were notified.

After school transportation officials spoke with the bus driver, who confirmed the child's account, "disciplinary action was taken," Caplan said. She would not be more specific, citing personnel policy.

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