New Information on Bus Driver Accused of Hitting Student with a Hammer

Tuesday, the school district spoke about new changes in Jimmy Edward's standing with the school district.

Jimmy Edwards, 55, Escambia County School Bus Driver
Jimmy Edwards, 55, Escambia County School Bus Driver

School bus driver Jimmy Edwards was arrested for allegedly hitting a student on his bus with a hammer.  Tuesday, the school district spoke about new changes in Edward’s standing with the school district.

The Deputy Superintendent in Escambia County told the CW55 there’s been a change made to the terms of the suspension of the bus driver accused of hitting a student with a hammer.

“The recommendation was to remove the employee from suspension with pay to suspension without pay,” Norm Ross, Deputy Superintendent said.

So, what’s the difference in suspension without pay and termination?

“Right now, suspension without pay certainly means that you’re still a part to a certain degree,” said Ross.  “Termination means that you’re completely severed from the school district.”

Ross says they have received several calls from concerned people, but they have to give this incident time to be properly handled.

“Please understand as a school district, as an entity, a public entity, we certainly will wait until the investigation is completed,” Ross said.

Law enforcement and The Division of Children and Family Services are investigating.  We’re unsure at this time how long the investigation will take.

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