DPW investigates incident involving bus driver

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Guam – An investigation has been launched into the incident involving a Department of Public Works bus driver who dropped off two students at the wrong bus stop.

While earlier reports said the DPW bus driver intentionally told the two Adacao Elementary School students to get off the bus, a release from Adelup said that they were dropped to the wrong bus stop.

The students made it home unharmed, thanks to good Samaritans.

An apology to the children’s parents was issued by DPW Director Vincent Arriola acknowledging that protocols were not followed in the incident.

If a student boards the wrong bus, they are to be taken back to their respective school or the nearest Mayor’s Office. Guam Department of Education and DPW officials are the responsible parties for the child’s safe return home, according to DPW.

Arriola said, “This is an extremely disturbing incident that happened Tuesday afternoon with those school children. We apologize to the children and their family for the anxiety
and stress this may have caused them. This incident is clearly not representative of how our bus operations are handled, and how we care for our very important passengers.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.