The City Attorney's Office said this afternoon that no criminal charges will be filed against a bus driver who allegedly stopped at a liquor store and later asked a student to hide alcohol when officials approached.
The driver, identified as Debbie Braunstadter, was an employee of First Student, which contracts with School District 2 to operate school buses. She resigned from her job earlier this week.
On Dec. 12, a passer-by saw the bus at a liquor store and called authorities. First Student officials said Thursday there were no students on the bus when the alcohol was purchased. Later in the day, while on the way to Riverside Middle School, Braunstadter allegedly asked a student to hide a paper bag with alcohol in it before officials boarded the bus, School District 2 Superintendent Jack Copps said.
He added that it appeared Braunstadter was not drinking at the time of the incident.
Deputy City Attorney Curtis Bevolden said that after a review by attorneys in his office, it will not pursue any charges in the case. He said they were looking at a statute involving unlawful transactions with children, but that it was determined no criminal offenses were committed.