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Bus driver fired for tying boy to seat

DDP/The Local · 25 May 2010, 15:03

Published: 25 May 2010 15:03 GMT+02:00

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According to a police in the town of Kamp-Lintfort just northwest of Duisburg, the 60-year-old driver resorted to restraining the child on Friday when he refused to stop running around.

“After the boy repeatedly refused to take a seat and continued to run uncontrollably through the bus, the driver tied the boy temporarily to a seat to insure his safety during the ride,” a statement said.

A friend eventually untied the unruly boy, who later followed the driver’s rules, the statement added.

But on Tuesday the head of the bus company Heinz-Jakob Ohlenforst announced the driver had been fired.

“His behaviour was not acceptable, even if he’s now sorry,” he said.

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Meanwhile the boy’s parents have filed a complaint against the driver for deprivation of liberty.

“The investigation is in full swing,” a police spokesperson told news agency DDP.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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16:07 May 25, 2010 by Victor Scicluna
This is ridiculous, what should the driver have done, in a way the driver is like the captain of a ship or plane, totally responsible for all on board. The boy ( who could have been my nuaghty son ) misbehaved and might have got himself seriously injured, what should the driver do, hit him ................ god forbid, airlines do the same with passengers who misbehave.

The boy´s parents should thank the driver for doing something and not looking the other way. in a year of two this boy will do twice what he hid as dare you touch him................. your job is out.

Come on we need to be a bit practical, I am a father of two lovely boys and would not dream of harming them, but there are times when saftey comes first and instead of having my boys come home full of blood and bruises cause of some injury cause they were not properly seated I would give this driver a medal of honour and recommend him.

All he did what think of the child´s safety and tied him to his seat.
16:18 May 25, 2010 by hanskarl
"All he did what think of the child´s safety and tied him to his seat. "

That and his and the bus companies liability should there have been a need to hit the brakes and the lad was thrown to the floor or into the front window.

16:22 May 25, 2010 by Chanaka Lloyd
all depends on the manner he tied the child to the chair! if it was done in a humane manner solely to ensure the child's safety, i guess the driver should retain his job.

authorities should empower the driver in some manner to deal with this kind of situations (definitely not tying the child to a chair, though!). perhaps, child seats with seat belts...íf that fails, calling child-care authorities or the police to take temporary custody of the child so that the bus can resume its trip.
17:26 May 25, 2010 by nightwish
What was the bus driver meant to do here.This child could have caused a serious accident.The bus driver couldnt throw the child off the bus because he would be sacked for that,by restraining the child he could have saved many lives.Mind you if Germany is anything like the UK ,common sense and the EUs human rights acts dont go hand in hand.
19:39 May 25, 2010 by wood artist
While the driver's discipline might be reasonable, as others have observed, there are no good options.

1. Toss the kid off the bus...and get fired.

2. Allow him to ride while mis-behaving, and face possible consequences should he get hurt.

3. Attempt to discipline him....and most likely get fired.

4. Tie him humanely, and then prohibit him from riding again...and get fired.

What other options are there, and which of these is the "best of the bad?"

Given the times, I'm not all that certain that what he did is "wrong." Questionable, maybe, but what better option does he have?

19:56 May 25, 2010 by bernie1927
I think the action of the driver was exemplary. He should have been awarded and not fired.

Maybe he could have called the cops on his cell phone and have him taken off the bus??
21:11 May 25, 2010 by Jack Schiddt
Use Taser, then Duck Tape.
05:12 May 26, 2010 by zzzxtreme
I salute the driver
05:25 May 26, 2010 by Arval131
i agree with the drivers idea but sadly what would have happened to the kid had their been a fire and he was tied to his seat. if the story is right and the child was running around and not following the rules, the parents are to blame. if they would raise their kids correctly, the local bus service wouldnt have to worry about the parents having filed a complaint against the driver for deprivation of liberty. i honestly hope the bus service can turn it on the parents.

Thanks Mom, Thanks Dad
08:34 May 26, 2010 by lordkorner
What exactly does a seat belt do again?.
08:54 May 26, 2010 by Arval131
a seat belt gives the person using it the ability to hit a button to let him or herself out. in the kids case as it sounds, he was unable to let himself out on his own.
16:24 May 26, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I wouldn't have been nearly so patient or restrained.
01:45 May 27, 2010 by Prufrock2010
BonnBonn --

Jesus, you deserve a medal.
13:16 May 28, 2010 by joesjungle
This why in the USA they have cameras on the bus. My father was a bus driver in his retirment years. All he had to do was flip the switch and a red light would come on telling the kids they were now being recorded. He said it was his best defense and it always worked. This must be legal in Germany because there are cameras all over Strasse bahns and buses here already.
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