School bus driver fired after gun incident

1:52 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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FRIDLEY, Minn. - A school bus driver who allegedly ordered a student from the Robbinsdale Public Schools out of his bus to pick up a suspicious object Thursday morning has been fired.

A spokesman for Metropolitan Transportation Network (MTN) told KARE 11 that the driver in question was immediately fired after the company was informed about what had happened. MTN's Tashitaa Tufaa says the driver was hired in sept of 2011 and has no complaints in his file, but would not share the driver's identity.  

The principal of Robbinsdale Middle School sent an email and letter home to parents Thursday informing them that a MTN bus driver was on a route when he or she noticed something unusual on the side of the road, stopped, then made a 7th grader go out and pick it up.

It turned out that object was a gun.

Principal John Cook said the driver took the gun from the student and proceeded on with the route. After reaching Robbinsdale Middle School the driver allegedly told bus supervisors about the incident and said he or she would be taking the gun to his dispatch office at MTN.

The school called Robbinsdale Police, who have since turned the case over to police in Minneapolis since that's where the gun was found.

At this point it is uncertain whether criminal charges will be filed in the incident.  

MTN is one of a number of companies that contract with Robbinsdale Public School District 281 to cover student bus routes.   

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