Bus Driver Fired for Comment to Student Over Romney Yard Sign

By:  Dave Bohon
10/15/2012
       
Bus Driver Fired for Comment to Student Over Romney Yard Sign

Milwaukee area news sources are reporting that a school bus driver for the school district of New Berlin, a Milwaukee suburb, was fired after she berated a 12-year-old student riding her bus because his family displayed a Romney yard sign in front of their house. According to a blog site entitled Freedom Eden, the 81-year-old driver, who had been sparring with the boy for some time about the sign, went as far as suggesting the boy, who attends a New Berlin Catholic school, should have been aborted.

Milwaukee area news sources are reporting that a school bus driver for the school district of New Berlin, a Milwaukee suburb, was fired after she berated a 12-year-old student riding her bus because his family displayed a Romney yard sign in front of their house. According to a blog site entitled Freedom Eden, the 81-year-old driver, who had been sparring with the boy for some time about the sign, went as far as suggesting the boy, who attends a New Berlin Catholic school, should have been aborted.

The blog post suggested that the bus driver might have had a particular aversion to signs promoting Mitt Romney for president, and on the day of the incident began to needle the student about the sign in his family's yard, prompting the boy to note that President Obama is pro-abortion. “Maybe your mom should have chosen abortion for you,” the driver allegedly responded. According to the blog post, other children on the bus confirmed that the driver did, indeed, make the remark.

The boy's mother brought the incident to the attention of Michael Bennett, the manager of Durham School Services, the bus company for the school district, who promised to look into the allegations. Bennett later told the mother that the driver had been suspended for the rest of the day, but a follow-up statement by the company said that the driver had been terminated for making “an inappropriate remark to a child.”

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