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DARBY BOROUGH, Pa. — A substitute school bus driver was arrested on Monday after he allegedly ordered passengers off the bus, blocks away from their assigned stops, Daily Times reports.
Police were first notified of the situation when they received a call from the mother of one of the students. The woman told police that she went to her son’s bus stop to pick him up, but when the bus arrived, only a handful of students disembarked. When the woman asked the other students about her son, they told her that the bus driver, Wesner Laventure, had forced a number of children off the bus at different locations, according to Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe.
Police officers then spread out across the area looking for the missing children, focusing on Laventure’s route. They ultimately found all of the students, some of whom had been left on busy highways.
When Laventure was interviewed by police, he told them that he saw nothing wrong with what he had done, Daily Times reports. He was arraigned Tuesday on 20 counts each of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children.
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