D.C. PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Superintendent of Public Schools, said Friday that bus company Rome Charters. LLC is after a company was in “breach” of its contract with the district. When its bus driver arrested for driving drunk. While transporting more than 40 kindergarten students home from a field trip the day before.
At the same time, parents at the children’s former school, Murch Elementary, have stated that they will not let DCPS off the hook.
“You put the onus on everyone involved,” parent Stephanie Stephanie Haley said as she picked up her child from school.
Two busloads of Murch Elementary students Troy Reynolds, 48, had just left Cox Farms in Fairfax County, Virginia, when he ran his bus off the road, damaging it continued driving until teachers convinced him to pull over and call 911.
Reynolds charged with nine counts of endangering a child recklessly and intoxicated driving. Being over the legal limit for any driver by two and a half times.
According to police, he shouldn’t driving in the first place because his license had been suspended for a previous drunk driving offense.
Furthermore, two other bus drivers from the same company lacked valid licenses, and their buses had safety issues, according to police.
Rome Charters, LLC is the name of the company.
WUSA9 attempted to get answers from the company all day Friday. Nobody said anything in the company’s bus yard in Prince George’s County.
No one answered the phone at the residence. Rome Charters locate in Southeast D.C. incorporated, and the downtown D.C. office was empty.
According to Maryland state records, Rome Charters is no longer in business and is listed as “dissolved.”
Dr. Ferebee stated, “We intend to hold the vendor accountable.” “We have not received anything. We will wait for Rome Charters to provide us with satisfactory responses. Continue to ask questions.”
Ferebee told WUSA9 that the company does check drivers for impairment. Before setting out on a route and uses GPS monitoring to determine. If a driver deviates from the assigned path. Ferebee states in this case that the company said Reynolds clears to drive. That he did not force anyone on the trip. Who is not given to him?
“We expect someone to do their due diligence, whether in school or DCPS, to ensure that the drivers are license to drive, sober to drive, and safe to drive,” Murch Elementary parent Sonia Delman said.
She claims she is not currently comfortable sending her child on a school bus.
“I wouldn’t do it until I know what they’re doing to address it. How is it possible to fail, and how they won’t fail in the future,” She says.