Hamilton Southeastern bus driver removed from duty after testing positive for alcohol

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FISHERS, Ind. – A bus driver for Hamilton Southeastern Schools is facing possible termination after the district says she tested positive for alcohol.

School officials say they received information that the driver of bus #239 may have been under the influence of a controlled substance while transporting students Thursday morning.

The district said they were notified at about 8:00 that the driver might be under the influence and took action shortly after.

The driver was then taken in for drug and alcohol testing per the district’s policy. Once she tested positive for alcohol, the school corporation says it contacted Fishers police. Her blood alcohol level isn’t being released.

The driver, who drives routes to Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fall Creek Junior High School and Brooks School Elementary, has been removed from duty as police investigate.

Parents said they were pleased the district took action quickly.

“Anytime you hear about stuff like that, of course, it’s scary, but the school is doing something about it. They found out. They notified the parents,” said one parent.

“We do not tolerate any behavior that compromises the safety of our students,” said Hamilton Southeastern. “Our 300 bus drivers are required to submit to random drug tests, in-service training and other activities in accordance with Commercial Driver’s License rules and regulations set forth by the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Education.”

The school corporation sent parents the following message:

Dear Parents,

This morning, we received information that the driver of bus #239 that drives routes to Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fall Creek Junior High School, and Brooks School Elementary may have been under the influence of a controlled substance. She was taken in for drug and alcohol testing per our district policy. The Fishers Police Department was contacted after the driver tested positive for alcohol. We are cooperating with their investigation. We do not tolerate any behavior that compromises the safety of our students. The driver has been removed from duty pending formal termination.

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