Poplar Bluff school suspends two bus drivers

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - A second Poplar Bluff bus driver has been placed on leave, and school officials are not saying why.

The news comes a week after five-year-old Zayvion Johnson was left on a bus for five hours in freezing temperatures.

Poplar Bluff Assistant Superintendent Chris Hon would not release any details, but did confirm that a second driver has been placed on paid leave.

He said the driver has been with the district since 2006 and has not been convicted of any crimes.

Hon said all district employees go through a detailed background check before they are hired, but admitted that sometimes things pop up later, which could lead to a suspension.

In the case of Zayvion Johnson, his father says bus drivers should be held to a high standard, because once kids are on the bus, they are the driver's responsibility.

"Once he leaves the house, he's out of my hands, he's out of my responsibility. He's the bus driver's responsibility. So by him just being lost on the bus, it's crazy," said Zayvion's father, Michael Mosely.

Superintendent Ernie Lawson said the driver will be given a chance to appeal the suspension.

Lawson added that the district could terminate the driver within the next couple of weeks.

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