Concerns raised after man allowed to board bus with students

Concerns raised after man allowed to board bus with students

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LAGRANGE PARK, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An internal investigation is continuing on why a west suburban school bus driver allowed a man on the bus to hand out music CDs to students, Pioneer Press is reporting.

Lyons Township High School Supt. Timothy Kilrea said a student and parent contacted school authorities and Brookfield police following the incident about 7 a.m. Tuesday at a bus stop near Raymond and Shields avenues.

The driver for First Student Bus Co., based in Hodgkins, allowed a man to enter the bus and pass out music CDs, Kilrea said.

"It's very concerning to us," Kilrea said. "Student safety is our No. 1 priority, and to hear this is disturbing."

Kilrea said he's pleased the bus company has been responsive and is conducting an internal investigation.

"We don't know where the person is from or whether there's been an apprehension," Kilrea said. "There was no criminal activity. It's just a concern anytime something like this occurs."

Kilrea said letters have been sent to parents of students on the affected bus route.

Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak said police are examining video on the bus and have added extra patrols along the bus route.

"We're now getting information that the guy walked up to the kids at the bus stop before the bus arrived, and that's concerning to us," Petrak said. "Anything having to do with schools or school children is an extra level of concern when it involves kids and school buses or buildings."

Petrak said the man asked permission to board the bus and passed out CDs for Kruel Beatz, a rap group based on California. The man asked the driver to wait while the man got off the bus, grabbed more CDs and passed them out to students.

The man also told students, "If any of you have talents to hit them up on Facebook," according to the police report.

"That's the other thing, the music itself," Petrak said. "You've got young kids on that bus, and the music is inappropriate for kids that age, not that kids don't listen to it but some have no interest."

Petrak said police are working to identify the man, initially described as an African American in his 20s wearing a red jacket and baseball cap.

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