TEASER School Bus

(Photograph by Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot)

A Moore County Schools bus driver faces criminal charges after a West Pine Middle student was injured while disembarking from a school bus in Taylortown on Wednesday.

The bus let the student off near Walker Street and Americus Road just before 4 p.m., according to a statement by Moore County Schools. The student sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and is expected to return to school in the next several days.

EMS and N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene along with West Pine Middle Principal Doug Massengill, Moore County Schools Senior Director of Operations Dale Buie, and other school staff. After the incident, the schools contacted parents to collect the other 25 bus riders from the scene.

State troopers cited the driver for careless and reckless driving, according to the district. The Pilot has been unable to reach N.C. Highway Patrol for further detail on the incident.

The driver had been with Moore County Schools since 2010.

“Moore County Schools deeply regrets this incident occurred,” the district said in a statement. “We are working with the student’s family to ensure a smooth transition when he returns to school in the next several days.  While we cannot comment on the specifics of confidential personnel matters, the employee is not currently driving a bus, and we are investigating thoroughly."

(4) comments

Conrad Meyer

Apparently the Pilot is unable to obtain details of this incident.

Here is a link to the coverage in the N&O.


George Wilson

But the N&O reported the same information???

Brenda Burt

Wishing him complete healing

George Wilson

Yes. I pray the young man's scars (both physical & emotional) completely heal.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Comments that violate any of the rules above are subject to removal by staff.

Thank you for reading!

Please purchase a subscription to continue reading. Subscribe today and support local community journalism.

Digital Only Subscriptions

Get 24-7 digital-only access and support award-winning community journalism. This gives you access to thepilot.com and its electronic replica edition.

Starting at
$5.35 for 30 days

Already a Print Subscriber? Get Digital Access Free.

As a print subscriber , you also receive unlimited digital access. You can do that here. For any problems, call our customer service number at 910-693-2487 or 693-2488.

Free access for current print subscribers

Home Delivery

Get all the news of Moore County delivered to your home each Wednesday and Sunday with home delivery. Your home delivery subscription also includes unlimited digital access to thepilot.com.

Starting at
$27.82 for 90 days