Flores Smith released a statement saying the ‘main factor in his termination was his failure to investigate the bus-tampering incident, which occurred in February.’
The bus sabotage was discovered February 18th, a day after a contentious Hempstead School Board meeting, when mechanics noticed that vandals had cut brake lines and cut hoses from one of the district’s buses. The vandals left behind a dead rat and cat. Investigators found fur and dried blood in the engine of the bus.
After the buses made their morning runs, mechanics discovered that hoses to the air brakes of two other buses had been nicked.
No suspects in the case have been named. Robinson does not believe the the children’s safety was in danger.
The Hempstead School district has been through numerous controversial incidents recently. A middle school principal was fired for announcing that students should not speak Spanish on campus and the district had recently been cleared of illegally favoring a Chappell Hill plumbing company in contracts with the district.