Flora Hill bus push incident reported

VICTORY Christian College has referred an incident of students pushing a school bus through a roundabout to the Department of Transport.

A number of parents expressed fears their children were placed in danger when their bus driver asked them to get out of the bus and push it through an intersection on Wednesday morning

Principal Anne Marie-Rodgers said the Department had been informed and was reviewing the matter.

Ms Rodgers said some parents had contacted the school to voice their concern, but others had offered support their support to Godkins Bus Service.

The issue raised mixed opinions online yesterday with a number of people leaving comments on the Bendigo Advertiser website in defence of the bus driver’s actions.

“The bus driver clearly had his head screwed on straight and thought of the safety implications. There simply was NO danger,” one person wrote.

Corey, whose children were on the bus said the students felt intimidated and bullied.

“How dare he place our children at risk like that! As one of the parents of the children I can assure you that the children were not happy to help but told they had to push by the bus driver,” Corey said.

Bus driver Phil Godkins said some of the students had stayed on the bus while the older children helped push.

He said the faulty gears of the bus were still being repaired and that a replacement bus had been provided.

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