- The Washington Times - Monday, November 22, 2004

ULYSSES, Ky. (AP) — A school bus driver is back on the job after letting a hunter ride shotgun.

Kathy Laney was suspended indefinitely in September by the rural Lawrence County school district — and could have been fired — after she stopped along her route with 10 youngsters aboard and gave a lift to a hunter carrying a 20-gauge shotgun.

Parents were outraged over her suspension and swamped the central office with calls and petitions demanding that she be allowed back.

Administrators let her return to her route after suspending her for 30 days and requiring her to go through additional training. She has been back on the job for two weeks.

“She’s an excellent employee,” said John Thompson, the school district’s transportation director. “We didn’t want to lose her.”

Parents plastered her bus with signs and banners welcoming her back.

Administrators concluded that Mrs. Laney drove Ralph Music only a matter of yards to get him past some threatening dogs. Mrs. Laney said she recognized Mr. Music and was certain he would not harm the youngsters.

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