“We don’t have anyone here unless they have a clean record,” he said. “We don’t want anyone that has any issues.”
Ferris’ name appeared in The Daily Star in 2008 for an arrest for petit larceny. That information was not included in the report from the state, according to the bus company.
Ferris attended a state-mandated class and had regular training, including refresher courses, covering student-management problems, Hildebrand said, adding that all guidelines are reviewed monthly.
“We take this issue seriously,” he said, adding that the company has “zero tolerance” for any inappropriate issues and conduct. He said there is nothing more important than the safety of the children.
It would be wise for Birnie Bus to examine its procedures and redouble its efforts to ensure children are kept safe. But unfortunately, no company can offer an ironclad guarantee that a similar incident won’t happen again.