Teens left by highway after one ordered off bus
TWO high school students were left stranded on the highway after a bus driver ordered one of the boys off the bus.
Sean Flynn, 14, caught the bus from Tiaro to get to school in Maryborough last Monday after staying with a friend.
The Owanyilla teenager said he paid his fare, took a seat and within minutes was asked to leave by the driver, who told him to get off the bus or he'd call the police.
His mate followed him off and the boys were forced to walk back along the busy Bruce Hwy, where they contacted their parents.
Sean's mother, Tanya Ryan, said the family had had problems with the bus service in the past, so she had started driving her children to school.
But Sean claimed he was not misbehaving during last Monday's incident and did not know why he had been asked to get off the bus.
Ms Ryan said she had contacted police, the school, her local MP and Queensland Transport.
She said other Tiaro parents were also concerned about the driver's conduct.
Her husband Brett Ryan said Sean hadn't used the service in months, after alleged insults made by the bus driver upset the family.
Sean said he was never banned or asked not to take the bus by the driver, Ron Sheppard, who owns and operates the service independently.
Mr Sheppard said the allegations were false and he would not make any further comment.
A TransLink spokeswoman said the Department of Transport and Main Roads investigated an allegation of inappropriate school bus driver conduct.
"Following the investigation, a penalty infringement notice has been issued to the school bus driver for an alleged breach of a provision of the Transport Operations Passenger Transport Act," she said.
"This matter is now being dealt with in line with the usual penalty infringement notice procedures and is yet to be finalised."