Aspen school-bus driver dismissed after incident with student
October 23, 2012
ASPEN – An Aspen school-bus driver accused of lifting an elementary school student from his seat by his sweatshirt has been fired from his job.
On Monday, the Aspen Board of Education approved the “termination/nonrenewal” of Greg Chaloupka effective Oct. 3, which was the day he was placed on unpaid administrative leave.
The decision was made after an investigation into an incident that occurred on a school bus that serves the McLain Flats area. Chaloupka allegedly lifted an 8-year-old boy from his seat by his sweatshirt in an effort to move him to a new seat; the boy was apparently misbehaving on the bus. The boy was not injured, but his sweatshirt was torn.
Maloy would not comment “to the specifics of why the bus driver was terminated/nonrenewed, as it is a personnel matter.” He did state that “the district always discourages employees from placing their hands on students, especially when such an act is deemed to be an act of anger or as a means of discipline. Such action by employees is considered to be unacceptable in the vast majority of circumstances. The only time when such action may be considered is when a student is in harm’s way.”
No other charges related to the incident were pursued, according to Deputy District Attorney Arnie Mordkin.
Chaloupka had worked for the Aspen School District for three years. He could not be reached for comment Monday evening.