'Torture bus' driver resigns for 'personal reasons'

'Torture bus' driver resigns for 'personal reasons'

'Torture bus' driver resigns for 'personal reasons'

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver school bus driver under fire for sweltering conditions on her bus last week has resigned for personal reasons, a school district official said Wednesday.

"It just felt like a heater or an oven," one student at Silver Start Elementary School said after riding with the windows closed in record-breaking heat last Wednesday. Kids began calling it the "torture bus."

Angry parents flooded the district with phone calls and the driver was put on leave, said Evergreen School District spokeswoman Gail Spolar. Monday the driver resigned after 25 years with the district, Spolar said.

The driver's name has not been released.

She's accused of refusing to let students open the windows on her bus, which doesn't have air conditioning. Students claimed it was in retaliation after some of them put paper in the heating vents the previous week.

School district rules say the driver must set the windows at the appropriate level before kids enter the bus. The rules also give drivers authority to discipline bad behavior, but state they must verbally warn the student, assign specific seats, or request a meeting with the parents if there is a problem.

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