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Dad who assaulted school bus driver gets back DOT job

Posted July 8, 2008

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— A Cary man fired from his position with the Department of Transportation after he assaulted a Wake County school bus driver has been reinstated.

Derry Aimo Schmidt was found guilty in January of assault in connection with a May 23, 2007, incident outside Cary Elementary School.

Police said Schmidt drove into the school's bus-unloading zone to drop off his daughter after classes had started and became irate when his car was boxed in by school buses.

Schmidt was sentenced to 75 days in jail, which was suspended to 25 days under house arrest. He also was ordered to undergo a mental examination and attend anger management classes.

The DOT fired him from his position as a transportation engineer following the incident. Schmidt challenged the termination with the state Office of Administrative hearings. They later reached a settlement.

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  • bigredtruckman Jul 8, 2008

    Can you imagine being this guy's coworkers? No one owuld want to have anything to do with him or invite him to meetings. They'd always be weirded out about him. Obviously they don't want him there or they would have voluntarily offered him his job back without having to get some sort of injunction demanding it.

    Honestly, the best thing for him to do would be to move somewhere else and take a new start where nobody knows his past.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jul 8, 2008

    Why did they hire him back???? Gives state government employees a bad reputation ... you can do criminal activities, exhibit racist behavior, and still have a state government job. Very disappointing.

  • Evil one Jul 8, 2008

    This whole incident was a finalist for biggest crock of the year.

  • ObaMcCain Jul 8, 2008

    There is a state transportation job opening for a full time limonsine driver for Mike and Mary Easley. Must be able to drive on the left side of the road for international road trips. Maybe this guy could keep the limo passengers in line . . .

  • we-r-just-human Jul 8, 2008

    NCDOT needs ALL the help they can get...