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'Hiring School Bus Drivers' sign placed outside 201 Poplar

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A viewer who sent a picture of the sign, from Durham School Services, said the bus has been outside 201 Poplar downtown all week. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) A viewer who sent a picture of the sign, from Durham School Services, said the bus has been outside 201 Poplar downtown all week. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Durham's website emphasizes the safety measures the company employs. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Durham's website emphasizes the safety measures the company employs. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - A bus parked outside Shelby County Justice Center holds a sign: Hiring School Bus Drivers.

A viewer who sent a picture of the sign, from Durham School Services, said the bus has been outside 201 Poplar downtown all week.

"It think it's horrible," resident Marsha Brown said. "I don't think they should do that 'cause you don't know who's coming out of that building."

The bus was parked in front of the Shelby County courts, where people accused of murder go on trial. Lesser trials for traffic violators are also held in the court. But also not too far down the street is where the jail is located, complete with razor wire and plenty of inmates.

Leon O'Kelly's daughter will soon ride a school bus.

"I don't want no felons or anybody with any type of misdemeanor trying to drop my children off," he said.

The Durham office on Getwell Road has the same sign outside its building. Their corporate headquarters released the following statement:

Our intent to create awareness for employment opportunities leads us to advertise in high traffic areas; our bus parked on Poplar was not directed towards any specific building. Durham's screening process for bus drivers is very stringent. Our bus drivers are the most highly trained, tested and scrutinized drivers on the road, receiving specialized classroom and behind-the-wheel training, undergoing drug and alcohol testing, driving record and FBI background checks, and medical exams resulting in fewer than 15 drivers hired out of every 100 applicants we screen. Durham meets and exceeds State and Federal mandates for school bus driver screening and training.

Durham's website also emphasizes the safety measures the company employs.

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