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Parents sue Pittsburgh School District after children allegedly abandoned by bus driver

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By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2020

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PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh School District is facing a lawsuit filed by the parents of minor students who were allegedly left abandoned on the side of the road by their school bus driver. 

Sundiata Rice, Monica McCallister, Minor No. 1, Minor No. 2 and Minor No. 3 filed a complaint Dec. 23 in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against First Student Inc., John Doe No. 1 and The Pittsburgh Public School District, alleging negligence, negligent hiring and supervision, vicarious liability and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The plaintiffs allege their minor children were riding their assigned bus to Fulton Elementary School in Pittsburgh on the morning of May 14, 2019. They allege that the defendant bus driver received a call from dispatch, pulled over and instructed all the students to get off the bus before it had arrived at the school. The plaintiffs allege the students, who ranged from age 5 to 12, were left and abandoned a block away from a busy intersection known for drug sales. 

Rice also claims the bus driver was under previous investigation over allegations he punched, pulled or otherwise touched children in a physical manner.

The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to provide a competent bus driver and safe and secure transportation.

The plaintiffs seek monetary relief of $250,000, interest, a trial by jury and all other just relief. They are representing themselves.

Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County GD-19-018105

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