JCPS fires bus driver involved in dragging incident
A JCPS spokeswoman says the incident involved Bus No. 0148 from Wilkerson Traditional Elementary School. Police first said the child's backpack got caught as the door of the bus closed, and the bus started moving again, dragging the child roughly 100 feet. But later, police released a report saying the bus dragged the girl about 500 feet after the bus driver, Melinda Sanders, shut the doors on the girl's backpack. Police say the bus was traveling 10 to 15 miles per hour.
The child, Ally Rednour, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital, according to Louisville Metro Police.
On Tuesday, WDRB News obtained a letter in response to an open records request filed by reporter Toni Konz, in which Sanders was fired. That letter was dated June 23.
"This letter shall serve as notification of the termination of your employment contracts as a bus driver with the Jefferson County Public Schools on the basis of neglect of duty as provided in KRS 161.011(7)," the letter opens.
It goes on to describe the circumstances of the incident.
"On Friday, May 15, 2015, a student was caught in the door of your bus and dragged by the bus down the street until you noticed the student and stopped the bus," the letter states. "Leading up to the incident, you were distracted talking to another student standing beside you when you opened the door to allow the student to disembark. You failed to watch as the student disembarked, you failed to check the stairwell before closing the door, and you failed to check your mirrors before moving the bus. You failed to follow proper loading and unloading procedures as instructed in initial training, as well as, during re-certification training."
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