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Thursday, October 22, 2009
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It is good that school officials in a predominately Mormon area can still keep things secular.
Bus driver disciplined for asking kids to sing
by Jeremy Foster/KTAR (October 21st, 2009 @ 3:27pm)

MESA, Ariz. - A school bus driver in the East Valley is in trouble after asking LDS students on the bus to sing religious songs on the way to school.

Kathy Bareiss, with Mesa Public Schools, says while most of the students on board were Mormon, not all of them were.

"It's not appropriate to ask children what their religion is," Bareiss told KTAR. "The bus driver has been disciplined and we are sending him for some training."

She says some students weren't happy with the bus driver for asking them about their religion.

"Unfortunately there were some students who were not LDS and they were uncomfortable in the situation," said Bareiss.

The children on the bus attend Hermosa Vista Elementary School in Mesa.