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Old 11-02-2006, 04:35 PM   #1
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School Bus Driver Fired For Giving Bush The Finger

Should she get her job back? Yeah I suppose a bus driver shouldn't be flipping anyone off in front of kids-on the other hand it's not as if middle school kids have never seen that and don't do it to each other, outside school and in school. If I was one of those kids, I think would have laughed and I wouldn't have been traumatized by it-if I even noticed it. If I was a parent of one of those kids I'd hardly think it was the worst behavior a bus driver could exhibit and I don't think I'd make a big deal out of it. I had a bus driver in high school who was so out of it (for whatever reason) that he drove past the exit for the school and onto the highway.


(AP)SEATTLE - A school bus driver fired after she reportedly made an obscene gesture at President Bush has filed a union grievance in an attempt to get her job back.

The 43-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was driving middle school children back to school after a zoo visit on June 16 when the president and Republican Rep. Dave Reichert drove slowly by in a motorcade.

From the bus, the children waved; with the windows down in their car, Bush and Reichert waved back.

That’s when the driver gave the president the finger, according to Reichert and Issaquah superintendent Janet Barry.

“The congressman hadn’t seen it, but the president turned to him and said, ‘That one’s not a fan,”’ said Reichert spokeswoman Kimberly Cadena.

Reichert later called Barry to tell her about the incident, but the bus driver had already been fired. District officials learned about the incident after the driver boasted to colleagues about it, Cadena said.

District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said the driver has filed a wrongful termination grievance through the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union did not return calls seeking comment.

Niegowski said the firing was not politically motivated.

“The bus driver was not terminated for making an obscene gesture at the president. The bus driver was terminated for making an obscene gesture in view of the students,” Niegowski said. “That’s not the role modeling we need for our students.”
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Well... I could see if maybe she would have been reprimanded by her superiors, but fired? What ever happened to the freedom of speech
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Well... I could see if maybe she would have been reprimanded by her superiors, but fired? What ever happened to the freedom of speech
Anyone who works with children should realize that their speech is not completely free; they are limited to speech that would serve as a good example for the children.
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Was she fired for shooting the finger or shooting the finger at the president? If it's A, then it's justifiable, if it's B then it's inexcusable.
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the president turned to him and said, ‘That one’s not a fan,”’


As a good left-winger I detest Bush, but I've gotta give him props when it's due. At least it sounds like he had a sense of humour about it.
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is GB giving me, a U.S. citizen, the finger? He should be fired!


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I think what she did was completely inappropriate. Fired? Maybe not, but certainly reprimanded.

Although this may not be her first offense. If it isn't, that may explain the firing.
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is GB giving me, a U.S. citizen, the finger? He should be fired!


Especially while holding a flag?! Doesn't he know, he's a role model for little ones who want to ride on the coattails of their fathers?
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how unpatriotic!
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We had our chance to fire him.....but....
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Unfortunately, she did this while she was at work, acting as a representative of the county/school board and while driving a county vehicle. Whatever she does while at work reflects back on her employer. I can understand why they are unhappy with her.

If she had done this on her own time, I don't see it as a problem (I'd probably even applaud her ). When you're at work, your behavior is held to a different standard, imho. Especially is you work for a county, city, or state agency.

But I would be curious to find out if similar situations with other bus drivers have been handled in the same way (ex. If another bus driver shot a bird at someone who cut them off in traffic, were they fired for it?). Also, like Martha said, it depends on her past work history as well.
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A Reuters picture no doubt.
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A Reuters picture no doubt.
A picture is a picture, and if it's not doctored it's worth a 1000 words.
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A Reuters picture no doubt.
Are they part of the Liberal Media?
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