Loudon Co. Bus Driver Suspended

LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) -- Loudon County school officials have suspended a bus driver for ordering students off a bus.

Driver Brenda Cook told school officials she put two middle school students off her bus Wednesday afternoon to protect other students after the two began throwing things.

Seven students got off the bus on Loudon Ridge road, which is narrow and steep.

School transportation director Gil Luttrell says some went to a student's house nearby to call parents, but at least one walked a mile to get home.

Luttrell says drivers don't have authority to put students off buses, but they have cell phones and can call police.

Luttrell says a video recording from the bus was blank.

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