Kids: School Bus Driver Walked Off, Left Keys In Ignition

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some parents of students at Sacred Heart Elementary say their kids won’t be riding the school bus tomorrow after what the kids say happened today.

Three moms talked with KDKA-TV who say their kids told them that the bus pulled over and the bus driver walked off the bus, leaving it running with the keys in the ignition.

One boy told his mom the driver walked around to the back of the bus and even to a nearby house.

It’s not clear how long the kids may have been left unattended.

The mother of a 9-year-old said her son called her on a cellphone and said nobody was watching them.

One boy said kids were crying.

The mothers say the bus had apparently pulled over somewhere in Highland Park because a child was on the bus who wasn’t supposed to be.

The principal at Sacred Heart Elementary says she was aware of a first grader being on the wrong bus, but not aware of any other problems.

The moms say the bus is operated by W.L. Roenigk. KDKA-TV was unable to reach anyone at the bus company Tuesday evening.

Pittsburgh Public Schools makes arrangements for the busing, but a spokesperson was unaware of the situation.

One of the mothers says she was terrified by what happened.

Another says someone could have walked onto the bus and driven away with the kids, or one of the kids could have knocked the bus out of gear.

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  1. Ethan says:

    yep, lets all freak out over what COULD have happened. aliens could have abducted the children or a ravenous badger could have mauled them to death. idiots

    1. grant says:

      And why do only homeowners pay for all schooling? tax renters too!

  2. Concerned Parent says:

    Well what do you think parents should do when their kids tell them things, Ignore them?
    At least they care enough to try to protect their children, which is more than our schools or school bus companies care to do.
    Ethan I don’t want to even think about what could have happened and considering whats going on in this country today you sound like a very disconnected uncaring parent that thinks everything is about you.
    Maybe there’s nothing to this story, but at least some parents are concerned enough to find out.

  3. mj says:

    i have an idea lets argue whats news worthy and what is not and ignore the fact that the bus driver is probably an under paid senior who enjoys helping others.

  4. test says:

    Roenigk drivers are the worst.

  5. ajw says:

    one way for school districts to save money would be to do away witht he buses and let parents responsible for getting the kids to school.
    the kids would be safe and protected
    the school would save funds
    taxes could be lowered
    no more bus driver problems or kids left sleeping on buses
    everybody wins

    1. Luke R says:

      Great idea ajw, or if a seperate fee was charged for the busing. Think that parents would want to get up and take their kids to school everyday ?

    2. Right on! says:

      You couldn’t be more right!

  6. Carol says:

    I challenge these well meaning parents to apply for a job driving a school bus as there is a shortage of drivers. Now most parents wouldn’t dream of trying to operate a big bus with 65-80 children jammed in there all psyched up cause schools out and other parents wouldn’t be able to pass all the background checks that are required and some would have trouble passing the driver’s exams to operate a school bus. If you think you can do a better job then DO IT!

    1. oh carol says:

      That’s just it they don’t want to DO IT, the person that does it now should be more responsible.
      If they don’t like the pay then quit it’s a free country at least for now, if the current bus drivers can’t handle 65-80 kids, which I think you over-estimated that amount, then JUST QUIT.
      By the way have a nice day Carol sweetheart.

  7. REALLY says:

    Lets give the bus driver the benefit of the doubt. Maybe there was a kid on the bus he didn’t know. Maybe he was trying to use a phone to call the school district. Maybe the bus was having a mechanical issue and he was trying to determine if it was safe to drive. Maybe he was feeling sick and needed to use the restroom. I’ve seen kids over react and blow a situation completely out of proportion. Bite your tongues until we have more info.

  8. jn says:

    its the bus drivers job to protect the kids shame on her

  9. critter says:

    drive the kids to scholl lazy people.

    1. Fancy says:

      Critter are you as dumb as your name ? Parents have to work to support their chidren. If you have so much time on your hands then you need to applie for the job. Only property owners pays school taxes not renters or anyone who dont pay taxes are making it hard on the school to make sure thay hirer people who can do the job. Once the bus driver has a child on his bus he is responsable fir the child til the child is dropped off . I agree with the parents of the children left on the bus with out adult supervision.

    2. todays parents stink says:

      hey critter youre so right these stupid ass parents today dont give a rats ass about anything except themselves they dont care about their kids they just make them then put the responsibility of raising them on somebody else

  10. Burghnerdman says:

    According too PA State Code. A said school bus driver is not permitted to leave the said bus while there are children/passengers on board. Not too leave engine running. Allegheny County Board of Health has an ordinance also, that states that diesel powered engines are not to idle longer than two minutes.

  11. Burghnerdman says:

    According to PA State Code. A said school bus driver is not permitted to leave the said bus while there are children/passengers on board. Not too leave engine running. Allegheny County Board of Health has an ordinance also, that states that diesel powered engines are not to idle longer than two minutes.

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