Middletown school bus driver fired for alleged texts to student

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

A Middletown Schools bus driver has been fired after an investigation into alleged inappropriate text messages sent to a student.

The man was investigated earlier this week — after the girl’s mother complained about the text messages — and then terminated from his job, said school officials Thursday.

“Middletown City School District contracts with Petermann for bus services. An incident involving a Petermann bus driver and inappropriate communication was reported and was investigated by Petermann. That bus driver was suspended and ultimately terminated after an investigation,” said Dan Wohler, spokesman for the 6,000-student school system.

Petermann conducted the investigation after the incident last week. Middletown police also investigated and determined the incident did not rise to criminal charges, Wohler said.

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