Retired FBI Fourth-In-Command Becomes School Bus Driver to Help with Shortage
Over half of America’s school districts are experiencing “severe” or “desperate” shortages when it comes to school bus drivers, according to a report by Hustle. So, a man from Chesterfield County, Virginia has decided to step in and help.
Michael Mason was the fourth-in-command in the FBI for 23 years, serving as executive assistant director. Mason recently retired and, instead of enjoying retired life, decided to take up a new occupation — as a bus driver.
Mason learned about the bus driver shortage in his community while watching the local news. “When the pandemic struck, there were so many people that were doing so many extra things. People like [reporters], who still have to get out here.” Mason told WTVR. “People like grocery store workers, people like telecommunications workers. All kinds of folds who still had to do their job. And I felt like I can be doing something to help in this post-pandemic recovery.”
“I believe if all of us gave a little something, wow, how we could impact this world. How we could change this world,” he continued.
Mason takes his new job just as seriously as he did his previous, ensuring each kid gets to and from school safely. “I’ve done some important things, but guess what? This is important, too” said Mason.
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