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Union Leader Blames Bus Routes for Child's Death

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LAS VEGAS - The last public comment at Thursday night's school board meeting was the most dramatic. It's also being called a disgusting union tactic.

"My heart goes out to that bus driver and family who lost their child. To say that you're offended, you should be offended, because I've been preaching to the choir since September," Education Support Employees Association President John Carr said. "I've been here since September showing you all routes that were unsafe and not fit."

Speaking to board members, Carr referenced the school bus accident death of 11-year-old Kaylee Derks while complaining about worker contracts, hours, and software designed to create bus routes.

"No one's listened. No one has listened," he said.

School Board Trustee Carolyn Edwards listened Thursday night and said Carr was out of line.

"This accident is a tragedy," she said. "For anyone to use this to promote a union position in a public setting is egregious."

Outside the meeting, Carr told 8 News NOW his concerns have nothing to do with union goals. He says the bus that hit Kaylee should have never been on the street where it happened. He admits he doesn't know the bus' route.

"I do not have a copy of that route that happened Friday," he said.

Carr says he hasn't seen the route, but he says he's seen other routes that aren't accurate. "I'm saying this route is a nightmare," he said. A Clark County School District spokeswoman says Carr has all of his facts wrong about the accident.

A vigil is being held Friday night for Kaylee Derks on the street where she died.

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