New Jersey school bus driver abandons bus full of children instead of dropping them off at homes
A New Jersey school bus driver allegedly left the children in the bus and abandoned it in the middle of dropping them off on the bus route to their homes after school. Police say, the driver had a suspended license and that she wasn’t reportedly familiar with the route.
The incident happened on February 6, in Newark, New Jersey. The irresponsible bus driver didn’t finish her work of dropping kids off at their homes on the bus route from Avon Avenue School in Newark, told the bus attendant to “handle these kids yourself”, and drove to her home then just got out of the bus, leaving 14 students inside.
Angele Easterling, mother of 11-year-old student stuck in the abandoned bus, got furious over the whole situation.
"I was cleaning up, getting my daughter's food ready for dinner and I realized it was four o'clock and she wasn't home," Angele Easterling told WABC. “I’m still sick on my stomach because, right now, I’m not letting my daughter take the bus to school … I’m just mad about it because, you know, there are a lot of things happening out here on the street, kids getting missing.”
Police Located the school bus with children in the Vailsburg area of Newark, after they received a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. reporting of the abandoned school bus.
All children were safely transported to a police precinct and waited until their parent could pick them up.
Newark Public Schools released a statement, saying Mercy USA's contract has now been canceled:
"The District has removed this vendor from transporting students to Avon Avenue School and is in the process of determining next steps regarding future services. In addition, because established guidelines were not adhered to, the District has also imposed liquated financial damages for this infraction. This continues to be an active investigation."
The bus driver was eventually located and issued a summons for driving with a suspended license.