PANAMA CITY — A Mowat Middle School bus driver was arrested and suspended from his job for allegedly using his cellphone to show pornography to students.
Marcus Antonio Howard, 37, was charged with four counts of showing obscene material to a minor, officials said in a news release Tuesday. Panama City Police officers wrote the incidents happened in January and February, and the investigation into Howard’s alleged actions began last week. He was arrested Monday.
Howard, who drove bus number 744, was suspended without pay at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. The suspension is the first step in the process toward termination, officials said.
“There’s no justification for anyone to show children any type of pornographic material,” said Superintendent Bill Husfelt. HEY, WHAT IF THE DRIVER WAS GETTING HIS ROCKS OFF WHILE AT A RED LIGHT AND THE KID CAME UP BEHIND HIM?? STUPID RIGHT?
Sharon Michalik, executive director for human resources and employee support services, said a student told a parent about the alleged incident and the parent then called Mowat Middle School. School officials investigated and asked Mike Jones, Bay District Schools chief of security, to assist.
“We reacted as soon as we were notified of this and he was relieved of his duty at that time,” Michalik said. “We brought in a substitute bus driver that very afternoon.”
Jones contacted PCPD about Howard. Together they interviewed Howard, who denied having pornographic material on his phone. Howard then gave the investigators consent to search his phone, where they found pornographic photos and videos, the report states.
Jones then offered to drive Howard home. On the ride home, Howard admitted that he had the material on his phone and that he looked at it while at work, authorities reported.
Howard added that he did not let any of the children look at it intentionally but could “not say if any of them may have accidentally seen any of the material,” the report states.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed, officials wrote.
THIS NUMB NUT JUST LOST A GREAT JOB WITH BENEFITS JUST BECAUSE HE STRIVED TO BE A SEX ED TEACHER INSTEAD OF KEEPING HIS HANDS 10 & 2 ON THE WHEEL!!!