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'Party Bus' Charters Worry Drivers

A WSU sorority hired seven buses from Durham’s Spokane fleet to shuttle about 300 students to downtown Coeur d’Alene. Drivers said the students were drinking alcohol on the journey without a permit to do so. (SR file photo)

Those caravans of school buses headed down the highway may not be carrying elementary students on a field trip or a high school track team to a district meet. Sometimes those yellow buses – the same ones that deliver kids to and from school in Spokane – are full of college students sucking down beer and liquor on their way to party on Lake Coeur d’Alene. And some of the drivers say the mess they leave behind would make parents shudder at the thought of their kids riding those buses during the school week. “If I was an actual parent of a kid on these buses, I would be having a fit. And this is coming from a driver,” said an employee of Durham Student Services, a national company in its sixth year of a contract to operate buses for Spokane Public Schools/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Special to HucksOnline: WSU Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority members urinate along the back side of the North Idaho Museum during a recent visit to Coeur d'Alene)

Question: Would you want you children to ride to school on a bus that had chartered a WSU sorority or fraternity the day before?

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