PORTER TOWNSHIP, Indiana — She drove straight to the unemployment line.
An Indiana school bus driver was fired and charged with felony neglect after letting three students, aged 11, 13 and 17, drive her bus on the way home from school, officials said.
Joandrea McAtee, 27, was handed her walking papers after a Boone Grove parent contacted school officials in Porter Township, the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune reported.
“Welcome to Boone Grove where we let 6th graders drive a bus with children on it,” student Brianna Lavin posted on Twitter along with a video of one of the kids behind the wheel.
welcome to Boone grove where we let 6th graders drive a bus with children on it. pic.twitter.com/gQRzWUrDPg
— brianna lavin (@breelavin24) September 21, 2018
The three students took turns driving a short distance each down down a rural road, police said. McAtee was immediately relieved of all duties involving Porter Township and the bus service provider.
“An investigation was immediately started and no one was injured or harmed. The sheriff’s office and the Porter Township School Corp. take safety and security of every student seriously and every parent must understand that this case will be investigated thoroughly,” school officials said in a statement.