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SCHOOL: Bus Driver Drunk With Kids On Board

Duplin County, NC -- A school bus driver has been fired after Duplin County School officials say she was drinking alcohol.

Fontella Wilson, 31 of Rose Hill was charged with DWI and driving a school bus after consuming alcohol. Wilson was driving a bus with 50 students from E.E. Smith Middle School.

The school system says Thursday morning a parent contacted them, asking why their child's bus was late. Contacted by radio, the driver told the transportation director she wasn't feeling well. The driver was told to pull over and help was being sent.

The transportation driver found the bus on the side of the road and all the children safe. He called paramedics and a substitute driver finished the route.

Hospital officials told the school system that the driver appeared to be under the influence of "an unknown substance". The school system says it immediately conducted an initial Breath-Alcohol Test and a urine screening. They say results showed the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

The school system called the Highway Patrol and they arrived to conduct their own tests.

The bus ride was caught on a bus surveillance camera. The school system won't release that video, but the school superintendent has seen it and calls it "disturbing".

Parents of children on the bus were notified Thursday afternoon.

The school system says Wilson received her bus license in 2002. In 2003 she was in one bus accident. Wilson did not drive for the school system from 2007-2009 and she had been re-employed without incident since 2010.

Court officials say no court date has yet been set for the woman.


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