Target: New York State Department of Labor
Goal: To forbid an abusive bus driver from seeking a future profession that involves children
Ex-bus driver Marjorie Jones no longer drives school buses for a good reason: after driving them in New York for over 30 years, she recently faced a lawsuit for duct taping a seven-year-old disabled girl’s mouth shut during one of her many drives. In addition, Jones has been charged with other general forms of harassment such as pulling the handicapped child’s hair and slapping her. Investigators reported that Jones had disabled the security camera on the bus in order for this abuse to occur.
To date, Jones’s punishment consists of a required 100 hours of community service, a three-year probation, and a $200 fine from the city of Queensbury, New York. According to Judge Michael Muller, who ultimately saved Jones from a jail sentence, “I don’t believe incarceration is appropriate here.” However, several people who know Jones personally say she has “anger issues”, according to examiner.com. A bus attendant named Lynda McCasland not only witnessed the seven-year-old girl being slapped, she reported that Jones “has a bad temper and yells at the kids a lot.”
Sign the petition to ask the New York State Department of Labor to ensure that Jones at the very least no longer be allowed employment that puts her in contact with children. Whether or not her sentence is too lenient, no child should have to come into contact with such an abusive bus driver again.
Dear New York State Department of Labor,
I write in regard to an ex-bus driver by the name of Marjorie Jones that has narrowly escaped a jail sentence after duct taping a seven-year-old disabled girl’s mouth shut and harassing her frequently. The consequences of her actions are not in any way harsh. She must complete 100 hours of community service, pay a $200 fine, and is on probation for three years. This means that at the end of three years, Jones has the ability to seek employment once more. Since she was a bus driver for over 30 years, it is likely she will attempt to return to that particular profession.
I am concerned about where she will seek employment after Jones’ probation is complete, and I ask that you do all you can to ensure that the ex-bus driver does not come into contact with children at whatever job she ultimately secures. The charges against Jones are serious and must be taken into consideration, especially if the safety of children is involved. Besides protecting children from future abuse, preventing her from coming into contact with children will send a message to the judge who ultimately saved her from jail: harassment is still harassment, no matter how infrequent or “minor” the abuse, and strict consequences should apply.
[Your Name Here]