Alleged sex act on JCPS bus under investigation, driver suspended

Alleged sex act on JCPS bus under investigation, driver suspended
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jefferson County Public School bus driver is off the job as police and JCPS personnel investigate whether the driver acted appropriately when a boy and girl allegedly engaged in a sex act in one of the seats.

LMPD's Crimes Against Children Unit opened an investigation two weeks ago regarding the incident, according to spokeswoman Alicia Smiley.

Smiley said detectives are looking into whether the bus driver knew the sex act occurred and if the driver tried to stop it.

The alleged incident occurred during the ride home in late August. There were less than a handful of students on the bus, including middle and high schoolers.

"That bus driver has been suspended without pay and we're currently reviewing her employment here at JCPS," communications specialist Ben Jackey said.

The policy on the bus where the alleged incident occurred is one person per seat. There was not a monitor on the bus.

JCPS is not releasing the bus number to protect the identity of the students involved and classmates on board.

"Certainly we want to make sure that our bus driver is focused on the road and keeping students safe when they're traveling. There is their responsibility to make sure proper behavior is happening on that bus as well. This was a situation where something happened between two students and we're trying to find out whether our employee could've done anything to intervene," Jackey said.

Teamsters Local 783 represents JCPS bus drivers. Union President John Stovall told WAVE 3 News the union filed a grievance against JCPS for suspending the driver without pay while the investigation is underway.

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