School Bus Driver Accused Of Drinking Beer While Driving Bus Full Of Young Children

A school bus driver is accused of drinking beer behind the wheel of a bus that was full of young kids.

The incident happened in the city of Aurora, Chicago in the U.S.

10daily affiliate CBS 2's Marissa Parra reported a convenience store staffer tipped off officials after police said the bus driver bought her alcohol there.

It was 6 am when police allege the driver walked into the store and bought beer while on the clock.

Michelle Passley has been charged over the incident. Image: Aurora Police / Twitter

CCTV shows Michelle Passley, 44, stopping to get two cans of beer, before getting back into the school bus and driving off.

Moments later, Passley placed the beer into a brown paper bag and was filmed drinking from the bag while driving Aurora primary school students.

Police said it was because of the staff member at the store who told the East Aurora School District what happened.

The driver was filmed allegedly drinking beer from a brown bag. Image: CBS Chicago.

“But for that convenient store clerk that contacted the school district, that we’d be none the wiser of this. And so there are two very strong messages that are going out. That it’s not tolerated and we need the community’s involvement,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told CBS.

The bus company fired Passley. There were allegedly 32 students on the bus.

“It’s infuriating to believe that someone who is trusted with these children on a daily basis could potentially put them in this kind of danger,” Ziman said.

Police don’t know for sure yet if Passley has ever done this before, but her driving record is otherwise clean.