Wednesday, April 04, 2001

School bus driver's drug test positive

Her vehicle reportedly dragged 7-year-old boy

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A toxicology report shows a Loveland City Schools bus driver whose bus reportedly dragged a first-grader more than a block March 23 tested positive for drug use.

        “We have a substance abuse report form that has some interesting things on it,” said Loveland Police Chief Dennis Rees.

        As is standard practice for Loveland City Schools, a substance abuse test was administered to bus driver Tammy Sue Fox after the dragging incident, which left 7-year-old Loveland Primary student Charles “Chaz” Schebor with minor injuries.

        Ms. Fox, who had been employed in the 4,000-student district since October 1997, resigned March 29.

        Chief Rees would not say if the drug was a prescription drug or an illegal substance, nor if the drug caused impairment.

        Instead, he said, the report will be taken today to the Hamilton County coroner's lab for forensic testing. The results should be known in a week, Chief Rees said.

        The next step will be to consult with the Clermont County Prosecutor's Office.

        “They will discuss the possibility of any type of prosecution,” Chief Rees said. “We are going to take a hard line if there's impairment we can prove.”

        Loveland Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Cline said the school district attorney advised him not to comment on the specifics of the bus driver's toxicology report. It is considered confidential medical information.

        Dr. Cline did say that the district's bus drivers are required to take a drug test at the beginning of the school year, on a random cycle throughout the year and whenever an accident occurs. A meeting was held last week with bus drivers to review safety procedures, Dr. Cline said.


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