‘I was just doing my job,’ says Youngstown bus driver who kept kids safe

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Youngstown bus driver took three small children back to the bus garage after their mother, who was later found unconscious with suspected methamphetamine, didn’t pick them up at the bus stop.

“It’s our policy that if no one is there, we are not to drop the kids off because their safety and well-being is the first concern,” said Bertha Green, the bus driver.

When Green went to drop off three young kids at their Clarencedale Avenue home on Monday, their mother wasn’t in sight.

“The kids be tired, hungry, ready to go asleep. They just want to go home,” Green said.

The mother, 31-year-old Jonnie Winslow, was unconscious in a car outside of the bus garage.

“I waited for a little while. Nobody called, nobody was looking for them,” said Youngstown City Schools Director of Transportation Colleen Murphy-Penk.

Investigators said they found what they believe is methamphetamine on the floor of the car. Winslow is in jail, facing drug charges.

She was supposed to be home to get her 5-year-old boy and two 6-year-old girls.

A relative came to pick up the children.

Murphy-Penk said she sees kids in her office every day.

“There are days where I’ve got 30 kids in my office and we find a parent for them one at a time.”

She’s calling Green a hero.

“She is a hero. Miss Green does a great job every day, as do so many of our drivers here,” Murphy-Penk said.

“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Green said. “I was just doing my job.”

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