Bus driver fired after student spots beer can: WI officials


A Lamers Bus Lines bus driver has been fired after admitting to drinking beer on a school trip, officials say.

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A bus driver has been fired after officials say an open beer can was spotted transporting elementary school students in Wisconsin.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School in Green Bay were returning from a field trip to Madison when one of the students discovered the beer can “under the driver’s seat of the bus,” according to a letter sent by the school principal to the parents.

The bus driver, employed by Lamers Bus Lines, did not smell alcohol, and teachers reported no impaired driving, the principal said. But when the bus returned to school, the driver admitted to police that he had been drinking beer while the students were on a school outing, according to the principal.

WLUK reported the bus driver was arrested and charged with impaired driving. Police said his blood alcohol level was over 0.04, which is the legal limit for driving a commercial vehicle, according to WLUK.

The pilot’s name has not been released.

Lamers Bus Lines said it was cooperating with the school district and the Green Bay Police Department in its investigation.

“Lamers Bus Lines has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol, and the driver has been terminated, effective immediately,” a spokesperson said in a statement to McClatchy News.

Adam Gloudemans, Principal of Lincoln Elementary, told parents that the school “regret(s) that this situation has occurred.”

“Please know that student safety is our top priority and we will review safety protocols with Lamers,” Gloudemans said.

Mike Stunson covers real-time news for McClatchy. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 and previously worked at the Paducah Sun and the Madisonville Messenger as a sportscaster and the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.
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