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May 2, 2007

Albany--A Dougherty County school bus driver is back on the job after being suspended for reckless driving.

Willie K. Ward was suspended without pay for three weeks.

Parents initially complained Ward hit children with a switch.

School officials say that's not true. But when they looked at video from a camera on the bus they found Ward did use a switch to intimidate students.

It also caught her talking on her cell phone as she drove and failing to make a complete stop at railroad tracks.

"It seems to be fair and equitable, and yet a pretty strong penalty since there were multiple infractions," says school district attorney, Tommy Coleman.

Ward has been a Dougherty County bus driver since 1989 with no previous problems.