Survivor tape-creating bus driver “charged with recklessly endangering children.”

Survivor tape-creating bus driver “charged with recklessly endangering children.”
A bus driver who desperately wanted to be on Survivor has been “charged with recklessly endangering children,” the AP reports. Maureen Monaghan was trying to make an audition tape for Survivor, and the chief of police said she “encouraged the children to be disorderly on the bus while it was moving. In viewing the tape, there was so much commotion going on, we felt it was a very unsafe situation for her to allow this to happen.” Even worse, “police collected 21 permission slips that some parents signed related to the taping,” showing that parents actually agreed to let their kids be taped.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.