EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include Lamers Bus Lines’ statement on the incident
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – An elementary student in the Green Bay Area Public School District allegedly saw a leaking beer can under the bus driver’s seat as he was driving the kids back to Green Bay.
In an email that was sent to Lincoln Elementary families, it mentions that a student noticed a can of open beer leaking under the bus driver’s seat. Lamers said the bus was used previously, and it could have been a result of the bus not being properly cleaned.
Lamers reportedly asked teachers to talk with the driver to see if they could smell alcohol. They said they could not smell any, and they didn’t notice any impaired driving.
When the bus arrived at Lincoln Elementary School, the Green Bay Police Department investigated the situation. The driver reportedly told police that he had beer earlier in the day, while the students were engaged in their activities.
School officials asked Lamers to not have the bus driver assigned to District routes. The students were in fourth and fifth grade and were making their way back from Madison.
The District did say they regret that the situation happened, and that student safety is their highest priority.
Lamers provided the following statement to Local 5:
On Monday, April 18, Lamers Bus Lines was alerted to an empty beer can on a charter trip carrying students from Madison, Wisconsin to Lincoln Elementary School in Green Bay. The Green Bay Area School District notified Lamers Bus Lines shortly before the trip returned to the school and said adults on the bus could not smell alcohol and did not witness any impaired driving.
Lamers office staff and the supervisor interacted with the driver, as they typically do, and did not observe any impairment before the driver departed on the trip.
Lamers Bus Lines had a supervisor meet the bus at Lincoln School along with the district safety and security coordinator, and the school principal, to evaluate the driver in accordance with DOT regulations. We were prepared to follow reasonable suspicion guidelines. While onsite the Green Bay Police Department assumed control of the scene and processed the driver according to their protocol.
Lamers will continue to be fully cooperative with the school district and the Green Bay Police Department, and are committed to a safe, drug and alcohol-free workplace. Lamers Bus Lines has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol, and the driver has been terminated, effective immediately.Lamers Bus Lines
No additional information was provided, Local 5 will continue to update this story.