Parent writes letter of support for area bus drivers

By Ava

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - It took Dawn Connor about 15 minutes to write a letter showing her support for Durham bus drivers who service Charleston County schools.

"If they were the ones sitting behind that wheel, getting the pay that they didn't think they deserved and having to drive unsafe buses with several children on the bus, I think their situations and opinions would change," said Connor of people who have criticized the drivers.

When word of a possible bus strike reached Connor, she like many parents went online to find out what options were available. Connor found some answers online but was disappointed to read what people were writing about the drivers.

"They were making really rude, horrible statements. They were telling Durham to fire them. Fire the bus drivers and put in people that want to work and things like that. It made me really upset because it's not that they don't want to work it's that they don't agree with the working conditions." said Connor. {}

Connor believes the comments were uncalled for so she decided to publish her own comments in a letter.{} In the morning Connor walked with her daughter to the bus stop and handed the letter to the driver.

"She was in shock. She shook my hand and just about wouldn't let it go and she told me thank you so much. She told me you don't know how much it means to me and the other bus drivers and I will make copies to make sure everyone gets one," said Connor.

Connor says she doesn't want the bus drivers to give up because it comes down to safety.

"I've had to sit here and wait sometimes until 7 p.m. before a bus would show up because the bus broke down and they have to call another bus," said Connor. {}

Connor said her family would be inconvenienced if a strike occurred because she has children at different schools and only one car for the entire household.

"I've looked at it from both sides -- Durham is responsible to make sure these kids are going back and forth to school safely. They are under a contract. I just feel like they need to do whatever they have to do to keep those buses running," said Connor.