DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News has obtained cellphone video that appears to show a DeKalb County school bus driver looking down at her phone while on the road.
A parent who didn't want to be identified sent the video to Channel 2's Audrey Washington.
The parent said he saw the driver texting while driving on I-20 and started filming. He said he believes the driver’s actions were dangerous and irresponsible.
The video shows what appears to be a cell phone in the bus driver's hand while she steers the wheel with her right hand. A student is seated on the bus.
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Washington spoke to another parent who says she's also seen a DeKalb County bus driver behind the wheel on the phone before. She said the sight disgusted her.
"To know they're picking up phones and texting while our kids are in their care is gut-wrenching," Katrecia Lo said.
Washington contacted the DeKalb County School District, who said they are only aware of this recent incident and released a statement:
“The DeKalb County School District is currently investigating what appears to be a bus driver using a phone while driving. This behavior is completely unacceptable. Not only is it illegal, it is not safe for other drivers, and it is a danger to the district’s staff and students. The safety of our students and staff is paramount to the DeKalb County School District.”
Currently, there is no word that the District has taken any disciplinary action against the driver.
As for the parent who recorded the incident, he hopes quick action is taken so something like this never happens again.
"No child should be in danger," he told Washington. "No child. That's my first thought, the children."
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