Kids’ safety top of mind following Chattanooga deadly bus crash

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – At Kettering City Schools, transportation supervisor Todd Silverthorn is going beyond what’s required by the state to make sure his students are safe.

The state requires districts to do yearly driving history checks of each of their drivers. Instead, Silverthorn does them once a month.

All bus drivers in the state must pass an F.B.I. and B.C.I. background check, a state-mandated physical and complete 15 hours of classroom training on driving laws. 20 hours of training behind the wheel with an instructor is also required as well as a commerical driver’s license.

Silverthorn says since the Chattanooga tragedy safety has been at the forefront of all drivers’ minds.

“This is a tragic event that’s happened,” Silverthorn said. “Something I never want to face, I know none of my staff ever want to face. We just have to be diligent and keep safety at the front of our mind.”

In the last 12 months, Kettering buses have been involved in 13 accidents. A Kettering bus driver was at fault in just one of those. As for safety violations, zero have been reported. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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