Education authorities have launched an investigation into an incident in which a school bus apparently struck a dog. A student on board the bus, which was transporting Clifton Hunter High School students, filmed the injured dog and posted the video to social media.
The Department of Education Services and the Ministry of Education said Tuesday that they had been made aware of the incident.
The matter was brought to authorities’ attention by an inquiry from a member of the media.
Cellphones are banned from Clifton Hunter High School, but principal Pauline Beckford said she would be trying to ascertain details about the incident and not the unsanctioned use of a phone.
“Given the nature and the seriousness of this incident,” she said, “we will be treating the matter [of cellphone possession] sympathetically to enable the incident to be fully investigated.”
The school will work to find out the location of the incident so that relevant animal welfare agencies can locate the dog and try to provide any appropriate medical treatment. The bus has been identified, and the school has counseling available for the students who were on the bus at the time.
All transportation services for Clifton Hunter are contracted to private providers. No buses are owned or operated by the government.
All service providers are bound by a contract which stipulates that they must report any incidents to both the relevant school and the Department of Education Services.
The Department of Education Services has contacted the service provider in this case, and is in the process of conducting an investigation into the incident.