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Indiana bus driver gets ticket for texting and driving with students on board

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Surveillance video obtained by WDRB shows bus driver Linda Boldery texting while driving a school bus, with students on board. Surveillance video obtained by WDRB shows bus driver Linda Boldery texting while driving a school bus, with students on board.

HANOVER, Ind. (WDRB) -- On December first, a bus driver in Hanover, Indiana got a ticket from state police for texting and driving. A former employee for the district said the surveillance video shows it is not the first time it has happened.

Some parents who spoke with WDRB News did not want to go on camera but said the video is outrageous. Someone who used to work in the transportation office said he resigned because of it.

The surveillance video obtained by WDRB News shows bus driver Linda Boldery reaching for her phone while driving.  We were emailed two videos, one 15 minutes long, the other an hour long.  Both contain clips from several days during a month's time.

At one point in the video, Boldery takes both hands off the wheel several times to use her phone with children on the bus.

"It was very shocking," said Jeff Brooks, former transportation director for Southwestern Jefferson County Schools.

"I looked at the video after I got a call from a parent," said Brooks.

Brooks says this is the second time Boldery's been talked to about using her phone behind the wheel. But after reporting her, Brooks says the superintendent didn't seem too concerned, so Brooks resigned.

He says Boldery has a close relationship with someone in the superintendent's office.

"If it was any other driver -- so to speak -- the punishment would've been more severe," said Brooks.

An Indiana State Trooper watched the video and wrote Boldery a $125 ticket for “using a telecommunications device while operating a moving motor vehicle.”

WDRB reached out to Boldery on Facebook, she wrote:

"I no longer carry my phone on bus. (sic) I admitted I was texting. I have paid the ticket. I was not talking on personal call. (sic) I was dealing with parents only. If the video hadn't been cut and spliced many times and the audio working you could have heard me with parents only. I know I did wrong but why should I be stoned!"

Brooks said Boldery still drives for the district.

"I felt like, you know, if something wasn't done it was just gonna keep going on, and if something did happen, I would've had a lot of guilt I just had to do more," said Brooks.

Superintendent Steve Telfer said Boldery has been an exemplary employee for more than 30 years and she made a mistake once. He said she has been reprimanded and it's now on her file.

There is a board meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. and some parents say they will be there to bring up this issue.

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