A school bus driver in Minnesota who was accused of looking up ‘Yo Mama’ jokes on her phone while behind the wheel is now facing 15 separate charges, including reckless driving and child endangerment. A video of the incident, which occurred in February, was recorded by one of the students and showed the 39-year-old Brenda Carsten swerving into different lanes while allowing the kids to move freely around the bus. She also wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
According to the New York Post, Carsten was using her cell phone to text and look up ‘Yo Mama’ jokes online rather than concentrating on getting students safely home from Westwood Middle School. After finding some funny jokes, Carsten handed her phone to a student who then read them aloud over the bus’ intercom system. Carsten also used an excessive amount of profanity around the students and shared extremely personal stories from her life, one of which apparently included an “inappropriate life lesson.”
After seeing the video, a parent of one of the students filed a complaint against Carsten, who was then fired. According to the Star Tribune, Carsten’s employer, the Lorenz Bus Company, then contacted the police to report the driver’s dangerous behavior. The district attorney’s office charged her with more than a dozen misdemeanor counts, and she is scheduled to appear in court on June 6.