District reacts to impaired driving charges against bus driver.
Red Deer Public Schools is shocked and angry after RCMP confirmed impaired driving charges have been laid against a bus driver following an accident while students were being transported home from school.
Monday afternoon, a bus carrying students attending École Barrie Wilson School was involved in an accident in the Vanier neighbourhood.
Police and Emergency Services responded to the scene following calls to the RCMP by witnesses who saw the incident. No students were injured in the incident.
Following the initial accident, Red Deer City RCMP continued their investigation into the incident. RCMP have since confirmed that four criminal charges, including impaired driving, dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident have been laid against the bus driver.
Prairie Bus Lines, who are contracted to provide student transportation services to the district, operated the bus. The driver involved is an employee of Prairie Bus Lines, not the District. Following the incident, a bus was dispatched by Prairie to take the remaining students home safely.
“We are deeply concerned and shocked by this incident. Adults who serve our students carry a significant responsibility for their safety and care,” commented Stu Henry, Superintendent of Schools. “It is devastating when an adult betrays the trust we have with our students and parents.”
Board Chair Bev Manning commented, “It’s unthinkable that any adult would knowingly put kids in harm's way. We are thankful for the RCMP and Emergency Services in dealing with the situation and keeping things safe for our students.”
The District will continue to monitor the situation and take every precaution to assure parents and students that this is an unfortunate and isolated incident. The District and Prairie want to ensure student transportation services are safe for all of our students and will take every step to do so.
Barrie Wilson is a kindergarten to grade five school located in the Timberlands community of northeast Red Deer and serves over 500 students and their families.
For more information, please contact:
- Bruce Buruma, Director of Community Relations
- Red Deer Public Schools