School: Bus driver asks student to pick up gun from roadside

8:15 AM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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ROBBINSDALE, Minn. --  A 7th grader at Robbinsdale Middle School was put in a very odd position Thursday morning on the way to school by a bus driver for Metropolitan Transportation Network, according to the school district.

MTN contracts some bus routes with Robbinsdale schools.

In a letter sent to parents Thursday afternoon Robbinsdale Middle School Principal, John Cook, said a 7th grade student was riding on bus to school Thursday morning when the driver on that route noticed something on the side of the road.

The driver stopped the bus and told the student to go see what it was and the student did as was told and found that it was a gun.

Cook said in the letter the driver took the gun and proceeded with the route.

The driver then told bus supervisors when arriving at the school about the incident and said he would be taking the gun to his dispatch office at MTN.

The school, in the meantime, notified Robbinsdale police.

In the letter sent home to students, the principal addressed the issue of the bus driver allegedly asking the student to go investigate something that turned out to be a gun saying: "I encourage you to talk with your child about situations in which they may find themselves that would be considered unsafe, how to become an advocate in such situations, and to report any unsafe situation to an adult at school or at home."

MTN did not return any of our phone calls for comment about the driver or his employment status as of Thursday evening.

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