Skip to comments.Bus Driver Fired for Using Her Own SUV 'Was Strictly Thinking about the kids'
Posted on 03/06/2014 11:10:52 AM PST by nickcarraway
Calgary residents are throwing their support behind a local school bus driver who was fired for picking up a group of students in her own SUV.
Kendra Lindon was fired by First Student Canada after she picked up six junior high students in her own vehicle last month, after discovering that her bus wouldnt start.
There weren't enough seat belts for two of her passengers, but Lindon said, at the time, she was more concerned about the students waiting in the extreme cold. The temperature that morning was in the minus 20s. She also said she wasn't sure a replacement bus for the kids would ever come.
Kendra Lindon picked up the kids in her own vehicle because she was concerned about them waiting in the extreme cold.
"I wasn't thinking about the policies, I was strictly thinking about the kids," she told CTV Calgary. CTV Calgary asked its viewers in a poll whether Kindon should have been fired for her actions. Of the more than 4,000 votes, 90 per cent said they didn't support the punishment.
On a CTV Calgary article detailing Lindons case, readers had mixed views of her actions.
If that was my son waiting for his bus, I would have loved that his bus driver would care about his safety that much that went out of her way and picked him up in her personal car !! come on people ! a reader named Mimi said.
A reader named Marc said: Shame on her, some kids had no seatbelts, she did not trust her own company. Very poor judgement on her part.
And another reader named Carole wrote: I think it's a little harsh firing her. A warning would of been enough, her heart was in the right place...I believe she should get her job back.
From its Ohio headquarters, First Student spokesperson Jen Biddinger said it is against company policy to discuss personnel matters. Biddinger also said the company takes safety, "very seriously, and our practices are designed to uphold this most important value."
But one Calgary employment law firm said that if Lindon was never made aware of the company policy prohibiting her actions, then there are no legal grounds to fire her for violating it.
"It's not only a bad practice, but it seems in this case you have a situation where you have someone who's trying to be a Good Samaritan and keep these kids warm and safe who's now been penalized," lawyer Jeff Kahane said.
For her part, Lindon said that she was acting more like a concerned parent than a bus driver at the time.
Kahane said that this also raises questions about whether her termination was appropriate.
"There is an argument that she wasn't even acting in the course of her employment, but the question is: What are the details of that contract?" he said.
Lindon said that if First Student asked her to return to work she'd happily oblige.
"If they phoned me and said 'We would love to have you back, please come drive for us again?,' Yes, I'd be all over it," she said.
It was only minus 20 C.
Not minus 20 K.
They are Canadian kids, they can take it.
And, it was a SUV (evil incarnate).
Do school busses have seatbelts? The ones I rode in had a metal rail right where it would knock all your teeth out if you hit. I always rode with my arm braced on that rail.
Minus 20 K, that’s a good trick.
Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.
No good deed goes unpunished!
Where has all the common sense gone??? Oh. Yes. Lawyers convoluted everything into lawsuit material.
“There weren’t enough seat belts for two of her passengers”
Oh the horror!!! Bureaucrats and regulators were running screaming around their offices!!
Yeah, and maybe the bus driver just got fired for being a pervert. Still think it’s a good idea for schoolkids to get into someone’s private vehicle?
I wonder what kind of mileage a SUV gets at -20K.
Pretty good if it’s a hybrid since half the motor is superconducting at that point.
The imperial gallon is bigger, too.
I would imagine if a predator were to board her bus and she dispatched him with physical force (or Heaven Forbid - a pistol) she would probably also be fired and if Canada is following in Englands footsteps, jailed.
Interesting the Parent Co is located in the Ohio ‘tropics’ rather than ‘Cool/Snowy’ Canada.
The kids get in a vehicle every school day with the same driver anyway.
Seems to me the driver was mission oriented and got the job done.
I didn't notice anything in the story about being fired for being a pervert.
That’s one way the environment gets pumped full of fear.
Such a slam is unworthy of you.
Some, but it's not very common. Definitely a subject of debate as there are strong opinions on both sides.
With or without school busses are one of the safest modes of transportation.
At least she didn’t make them ride in her lap or stuff one up to lay up behind the backseat like my parents did to all 8 of us when were lil’ chitlins..
I understand that the woman was trying to do what she thought was the right thing, but I think picking up the kids in her own vehicle was just asking for trouble. If she had been involved in an accident, and one or more of the kids were injured, she would have been up S*** Creek. How many of those parents who are expressing support for her would be suing her if there had been an accident? Why didn’t she notify whoever oversees the bus transportation of the problem? Maybe they could have sent another bus. If this is her first offense, my opinion is that she should be suspended, but not fired, with the understanding that she will be fired if it happens again.