School Bus Driver Suspended After Student Records Her Using Phone Behind The Wheel

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An apparent case of distracted driving has landed a school bus driver in Middlesex County, New Jersey in trouble.

She was caught on camera reading messages on her cell phone with children on board, while her eyes should have been focused on the road.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, a student from Carl Sandburg Middle School was on board and recorded her.

Dana Marchetta has two children bused in the same district.

“I saw it on Facebook and to see a bus driver do that was pretty sick because my kids go on a bus and I don’t want that. Nobody wants that. Everybody wants to protect their children, and you trust the bus driver with the safety of your children and they’re not being safe,” she said.

The unidentified woman has been working for Shamrock Stage Coach out of Keansburg for four years.

The bus company said the driver had a clean record, but has been suspended indefinitely.

“She should be taken off the road completely. These are kids, these are children, and not only are you hurting children, you could be hurting people on the road too,” Marchetta said.

The Old Bridge School Superintendent tweeted a statement saying the driver was immediately taken off her route.

“I am deeply disturbed by this lack of concern for student safety by an adult who must know better,” the superintendent tweeted.

Shamrock Stage Coach said there are no specific stipulations for firing a driver and each situation is decided on a case by case basis.

The company plans to decide the driver’s fate next week.

Shamrock said they have never suspended or fired a driver for distracted driving.


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The Ohio State University Working With Apple on Digital Learning Initiative

The Ohio State University today announced that it has worked with Apple to create a comprehensive, university-wide digital learning experience that includes an iOS design laboratory and opportunities for students to learn coding skills.

Called the Digital Flagship University, the initiative will include an effort to integrate learning technology into the entire university experience. Along with the aforementioned iOS design lab, which will be available to faculty, staff, students, and members of the broader community, the university will aim to help students “enhance their career-readiness in the app economy.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the partnership, and said it will give students access to Apple’s new coding curriculum.

“At Apple, we believe technology has the power to transform the classroom and empower students to learn in new and exciting ways.

“This unique program will give students access to the incredible learning tools on iPad, as well as Apple’s new coding curriculum that teaches critical skills for jobs in some of the country’s fastest-growing sectors,” said Cook. “I’m thrilled the broader central Ohio community will also have access to coding opportunities through Ohio State’s new iOS Design Lab.”

Ohio State University’s Digital Flagship University will launch in the 2017-2018 academic year, with the design lab set to open in a temporary space in 2018 before moving to a more permanent location in 2019.

Starting in 2018, first-year students at the Columbus and regional campuses will be given an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, as well as apps, all funded through the university’s administrative efficiency program. Swift coding sessions will begin during the spring semester of 2018.

The iOS design lab will provide technological training and certification to students and community members who are interested in developing apps in Swift.

The Ohio State University also plans to integrate Apple technology into other areas of the university, introducing a chemistry course where students can complete assignments online with iTunes, debuting iPads for journalism and biology students, and more.

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Trump visits Las Vegas after attack: ‘It’s a very, very sad day for me, personally’

The president and first lady visited Nevada after Trump was repeatedly criticized for making inappropriate comments in the wake of several national tragedies

Donald Trump used a politically delicate visit to Las Vegas in the wake of the deadliest mass shootings of modern times to praise the courage of victims and police on Wednesday, but flatly refused to engage in a wider discussion about gun violence.

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