School bus drivers gamble on your dime
OKLAHOMA CITY —
On any given day in the spring, you'll find a number of school buses waiting in Oklahoma City's "Adventure District." Those buses are waiting on students to return from field trips to the Oklahoma City Zoo or Science Museum Oklahoma.
The overflow bus parking is in the parking lot of Remington Park, racetrack and casino. Fox 25 spent several weeks undercover watching bus drivers who, after dropping off students, parked and then went inside the casino. We followed them inside and found that some bus drivers used that time to gamble.
Fox 25 confirmed bus drivers are paid to wait with the buses.
We saw several drivers make trips into the casino, but we were only able to positively identify drivers from three metro schools. Fox 25 watched bus drivers from Putnam City, Oklahoma City and Mustang all spend hours on the slot machines inside Remington Park.
"The situation you brought to light is not one that should be taking place," said Steve Lindley the district communications director for Putnam City Public Schools, "What we're going to do is put new rules and procedures in place and do everything we can to keep it from happening again."
Lindley says they want drivers to stay with the buses so they can be immediately available to pick up students it something happens on the field trip.
A spokesperson for Mustang Public School says the district does not tolerate gambling on the clock. Mustang's transportation director began an internal investigation after we contacted them with the results of our undercover investigation.
Tierney Tinnin, the spokesperson for Oklahoma City Public schools sent us a statement about our story. "School buses are often directed to use the Remington Park lot as overflow parking during field trips to the OKC Zoo and Science Museum. The District by no means condones any OKCPS employee gambling during work hours and has taken corrective action to address this issue."