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Westport School Parents Dissatisfied With Response to Bus Incident

Should Westport school officials receive future reports of driver misconduct, they will be reported via phone or email to DATTCO, plus the driver is to be placed on leave until the complaints have been investigated.

Following the October arrest of a Westport school bus driver accused of making inappropriate comments to students, the school administration has reportedly reinforced its procedures for dealing with complaints about bus driver behavior.

According to a report in the Westport News, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Elliott Landon this week released an updated report outlining bus company DATTCO's responsibilities and protocols, including its hiring procedures, which already include background checks for drivers.

However should school officials receive future reports of driver misconduct, they will report them via phone or email to the bus terminal manager for DATTCO. Further the driver is to be placed on leave until the complaints have been investigated.

But school parents, who understandably have heightened concerns about security due to the recent school shooting in Newtown, are apparently not satisfied with the district's response to the incident.

According to the Westport News report, parents of the children who rode on Coleytown Middle School Bus 16 accuse both the school administration and transportation provider DATTCO for failing to report the incident in a timely manner. They want to see a faster response and improved transparency in the way such incidents are handled.

The school bus driver, Daniel Florio, 44, of Norwalk, was reportedly charged with risk of injury to a child, threatening and breach of peace, after he allegedly made comments of a sexual nature with one or more students present. He was reportedly fired from DATTCO.

For more, check out the Westport News report.

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