School correspondence reveals complaints against Woodmore bus driver

Nov. 25, 2016: School district records show two written statements from students complaining about the bus driver involved in a fatal school bus crash.

CHATTANOOGA - The Hamilton County Department of Education Friday released school correspondence concerning Johnthony Walker, the bus driver facing vehicular homicide charges following the Woodmore crash.

NBC-affiliate WRCB obtained the information from HCDE through an open records request.

The information contains letters from parents, students and school officials which document various incidents and complaints against the driver and the students' safety on the bus.

Walker, 24, is facing five counts of vehicular homicide, one count of reckless driving and one count of reckless endangerment.

The correspondence includes an email from Woodmore Elementary School Principal Brenda Adamson-Cothran saying she saw the bus leave the school on Nov. 8 "driving way too fast." 

Another email from the principal dated Nov. 16 says six students reported that the bus driver was "swerving and purposely trying to cause them to fall today."

The email asked the school district transportation supervisor to pull the video tape from the bus for that day and asked for direction on how to proceed.

A hand-written note from a student dated Nov. 16 says, "The bus driver drives fast ... it fills (sic) like the bus is going to flip over ... and when he turns he makes people go seat to seat back and forth and when someone is in the ille (sic) he stops the bus and he makes pepole (sic) hit their head." 

The following is the complete correspondence from Hamilton County schools (WARNING: Some documents may contain graphic language):

Hamilton County Department of Education school bus correspondence

 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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