Sometimes you wonder, if you’re thinking, just what is missing from the news.
The following incident was on the national news several months ago and I mentioned it in these pages.
A bench trial has been set for April 2 for the driver of a Douglass school bus, who is facing misdemeanor criminal charges that resulted from his bus overturning in a creek last fall.
Morris “Joe” Peterson’s attorney requested the trial during Monday’s hearing, Butler County Assistant Attorney Alice Burns said.
Peterson, 64, pleaded not guilty in January to charges of one count of child endangerment and one count of reckless driving.
Child endangerment? One count? Reckless driving? Well, maybe a bit reckless. The creek was swollen and one could see it that way. One child was hurt and was taken to the hospital for observation.
But, darn, the man lost his job for the event and now faces trial and all the expenses that opens him up to.
What’s missing are questions of what’s going on here, was he drunk, off meds, or just a plain idiot.
If he as a plain old idiot I don’t think he’d have been hired in the first place, unless he was well connected (and in the country well connected is the best way to get a school bus drivers slot. They are highly sought).
From the reaches,