“A little overboard”?!?!!?

So a bus driver in the Burgh is supposed to take two “special needs” kids to school. Decides to stop home because hey, when you gotta pee, you gotta pee. Gets distracted by a phone call. Did I tell you it is really hot and nice and sunny outside? Two hours later he goes to the van and lo and behold sit two very pissed off four year olds who if they were older and wiser, would be kissing the sweet sweet ground that they are alive and not burnt to crisps.

Horrible huh?

The best part? As the parents soon discover from their kids, not the school mind you, that they never went to school that day and instead sat in an oven on wheels, the police begin investigating AS THEY SHOULD. Why? Because after discovering them in the van, he didn’t take them to the school. So what did he do for two ADDITIONAL hours with the kids who can’t really fight for themselves?

The driver, Milton Kappert, Sr. gets an attorney, Michael Santicola, who has the gall to say on record that the police “are going a little overboard” with their investigation.

Excuse me? If your children were left in a hot van for two hours while the driver took a dump and a phone call, wouldn’t you want the police to do their jobs and find out why exactly this happened? If any situation in the world could serve as the “poster child” for endangerment, I’d say this one is up there. I guess, “sorry” isn’t cutting it and poor Mr. Kappert, Sr. is actually being charged. Boo freakin’ hoo. You leave kiddies in hot vans, you get dragged to court. Unless “going overboard” involved a full body cavity search, I don’t want to hear it.

And Mr. Santicola, I appreciate your earnest desire to leave Councilman Motznik in the dust in the race for Annoying Pittsburgher of the Week. But that little comment is so far past annoying, I don’t even know what to call it. How ’bout you let Mr. Kappert, Sr. drive YOUR kids to school from now on?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Edit: So WTAE reports that actually, after two hours one of the kids got OUT OF THE VAN and entered Mr. Kappert, Sr.’s house. So in actuality, those kids could have been in there much longer had one of the boys not decided to find out where the hell the driver went.


  1. Mark Rauterkus
    July 10, 2005 7:29 pm

    Okay — the thing that got to me, and I’ve only seen one news account of the blundering bus driver — is the fact that the police took the guys computer too.

    Why did they do that?

    If he had a boat, would they have taken that too?

  2. pittgirl
    July 10, 2005 9:40 pm

    Sounds like the “seizure policy” on The Shield, no? Heh.

    Well, I’m guessing they want to see if he spent some time surfing the web either while the kiddies were in van or after he realized they were in his house.

  3. Anonymous
    August 4, 2005 7:00 am

    The man claimed he spent his time on email and internet. He lied his butt off to start w/ and insisted he took the kids to school, then lied more and that was his final story on how he spent his time. Fishy that a bus driver would have such poor judgement, huh??? Driving to his house??? No wonder they seized the computer. When you lie repeatedly to the police, how do they know when the truth begins? They needed to account for his time as OUR KIDS can’t explain what happened due to their disabilities. Computer seizure was the only way authorities could check to see if that is all he might have been doing. Until test results are back on further investigation of the children, we believe the computer is all he was on. Let’s hope the test results are clean and the guy did not get on my kid too. Rauterkus, stop blowing your horn on computer seizure til you know all the facts.
    Signed – a parent of one of the children who is lucky to still be holding her child.