Parents, fellow drivers react to DUI arrest of Rhea County school bus driver
Parents are shocked to hear that Michael Ledbetter was driving under the influence with children on the bus.
Bus drivers also expressed concerns with how Ledbetter conducted himself as a bus driver. They say what he did was unforgivable.
"It affects all of the other drivers for the simple fact that they think all of the other drivers are alcoholics or whatever and do things bad. We're not, you know," bus driver, Reeda Borup said.
Reeda Borup has been a bus driver in Rhea County for 20 years. She says the accusations Michael Ledbetter is facing are not a reflection of all bus drivers in Rhea County. She wants parents to know their kids will always be safe with her.
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"Because I love my job and I love my kids and that is one thing that I would not do is drink and drive regardless," Borup said.
Other drivers agree with Borup.
Wayne Wilson just became a driver this year
"They're good people who are conscious, safety minded, and the welfare of the kids is the most important thing to them,” Wilson said.
Ashley Stephens had just learned of the allegations against Ledbetter when she picked her nieces up from Rhea Central Elementary.
"It's sickening to think that. I mean I don't even know how many kids fit on the bus. He could have killed kids here or in his transportation this morning. Or anybody really. It doesn't have to be the kids. He could have hit somebody,” Stephens said.
Stephens went on to say if someone is going to drink and drive, they shouldn’t be a bus driver.