A bus driver has been fired from the Frontier Central School District and is now under police investigation after reportedly sharing a sexually explicit YouTube video with a bus of middle school students.
“The driver is no longer a Frontier employee and the Town of Hamburg Police Department is investigating,” Frontier Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said on his Facebook page.
The incident, which unfolded Thursday, involved a new substitute bus driver to the district, Apthorpe told Frontier parents through social media.
The bus driver is accused of sharing with the middle schoolers the name of an “inappropriate” YouTube video to watch on their phones, but parents who spoke with WIVB-TV referred to it as a sexually explicit video.
Students on the bus reportedly told school officials about what happened after being dropped off Thursday morning. The principal and assistant principals of the middle school then contacted the parents of the students on the bus to inform them.
The district also was reaching out on Friday to those parents whose children may have been previously transported to and from school by this bus driver.
“When it comes to this sort of thing, we don’t mess around,” Apthorpe told WIVB-TV. “We take this really, really seriously. We take it as far as we are legally able to take it.”
Apthorpe did not return calls to The Buffalo News on Friday seeking comment.
The bus driver’s name was not released and it’s unclear what, if any, charges have been filed.
Hamburg police also did not return a call Friday seeking comment.