D.C. School Bus Drivers Tested for Drug Use!

D.C. School Bus Drivers Tested for Drug Use!
Posted by FoM on December 06, 1998 at 09:08:31 PT
When will they start testing our politicans?
WASHINGTON - School bus drivers in the nation's capital must undergo drug testing by the end of the week, officials said Thursday as they stepped up an investigation into drug use. 
Concerns were raised in October when six drivers were dismissed for failing drug tests, and a clerk in the safety and training office was fired for covering up those test results, said school transportation director Kevin West. Some officials say the situation is particularly troublesome because the district provides bus service only for special education students. "I won't be completely satisfied until I know that every bus operator who is transporting our children around, particularly our most vulnerable children, is a safe, secure driver," said District of Columbia Councilman Kevin Chavous, who chairs the council's education committee. In addition to completing drug tests and having a commercial driver's license, D.C. school bus drivers must have a bus driver's permit, commonly called a "face card." West said about two-thirds of the district's 300 school bus drivers do not have such permits. Drivers staged a protest over the issue Wednesday, initially refusing to operate buses until school officials processed their paperwork. School administrators expect paperwork to be completed and face cards issued by Tuesday, said Lawrence Crocker, D.C. schools attorney. Before then, police will not cite drivers for violations, he added.If drug testing is going to continue then everyone needs to be tested not just the people they want to control!
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