Police investigate after parent confronts kids on school bus
SOUTHMONT, Pa. (WJAC) —
The West Hills Regional Police Department is looking into reports that a Westmont parent pulled over a school bus, got on and berated students who apparently spat from the bus in the direction of his vehicle.
The parent, whom school officials declined to name Friday, may have used blue lights on the front of his truck to get the bus to stop, according to parents who spoke to 6 News Friday afternoon.
According to the parents, who didn't want to use their names, the kids on the bus came home saying that a police officer had gotten on their bus and yelled at them. According to the parents, the kids assumed the person was an officer because of the blue lights on his truck. There is no indication that the person was, in fact, an officer.
One parent, who watched the situation from his porch, said a man driving a truck sped up the street and then put his flashers on and parked in the middle of the street to stop the bus.
Police officials said they were investigating Friday, but declined to release more details as the investigation continued. Police also could not confirm whether blue lights were used.
Westmont Hilltop School District Superintendent Thomas Mitchell said he was reaching out to all parents involved to ask what happen and assure them that bus drivers would be reminded not to allow parents onto school buses.
McIlwain Charters & Tours, which provides busing services to the district, did not return a request for comment.
Parents said Mitchell had called them individually and that they were happy so far with the communication from the district, although they said the fact that a person was allowed onto a school bus was still concerning.
"Protocol is nobody should be allowed on the bus," Mitchell said Friday, although he said he could not discuss personnel or disciplinary issues.
This article has been updated.