Campaign to get swearing school bus driver her job back

(QMI Agency files)

(QMI Agency files)

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, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

Supporters of a Nova Scotia school bus driver who was sacked for swearing at her teenage riders have set up a Facebook page calling for her to be reinstated.

Heather Vidito's F-bomb-filled rant was captured in a video, likely recorded on a cellphone, that was posted to YouTube Tuesday. In the clip, which has since been removed, two students can be seen fighting at the back of a school bus as other students egg them on.

Then, in a clip from the video that aired on CBC, the bus driver approaches and yells: "Get the f--- up now." The woman continues to swear at the students, telling them to "move your ass," and that they "shouldn't be being f---ing stupid," before lashing out at one of the students who swears back at her.

More than 3,000 people have mounted a Facebook campaign demanding that Stock Transportation give Heather Vidito her job back.

On it, one person wrote: "She diffused the situation by giving back as good as she got. I respect her for having the balls to stand up to those boys in the only way that got their attention."

Another wrote: "Give Heather her job back! She was trying to do her job when the students rudely interrupted her."

Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union president Joan Jessome described the bus company's reaction to the incident as “knee-jerk."

“They should not have terminated her immediately,” Jessome told the media. “We will … meet with (the employer), file a grievance, do the investigation and fight for her job back.”

Vidito's bus route serves students at Gaetz Brook Junior High School and Eastern Shore District High School in the Halifax area, and Halifax Regional School Board spokesman Doug Hadley said the video shows a lot of people behaving badly.

"Everyone who's seen in the video is acting inappropriately, including the students," he said Thursday.

The school board has expressed its concern to Stock Transportation about the way the driver handled the situation. Stock said it has removed the driver from her routes while it investigates, Hadley said.

The students - one of whom attends the junior high, the other the high school - have been disciplined by their respective schools, Hadley said.


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