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Iowa City School Bus Driver Fired for Texting While Driving

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa school bus driver accused of using her cellphone while driving students on the interstate has been fired after a student surreptitiously photographed the incident.

The Des Moines Register reports that 29-year-old Tabitha Jones, of North Liberty, was driving students southbound on Interstate 380 to Iowa City West High School on the morning of May 14, when she reportedly began texting. The newspaper says a student snapped a photo of Jones holding the cellphone against the center of the steering wheel with her thumb on the phone's screen.

At a September hearing dealing with Jones' request for unemployment benefits, her former boss testified that Jones initially denied using her phone. After being shown the photo, she said she had pulled it out briefly to check the time.

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