An Ambridge school bus driver is facing two counts of child endangerment, accused of forcing two students to get off the bus miles from their stop because they were being disruptive.
“They were making beats, that’s what they told me,” said Harmony police Patrolman Jason Vular.
Bonzo, a driver for R.J. Rhodes Transit, became angered by the noise and abruptly stopped the bus in the 2700 block of Legionville Road, near BeeMac Trucking.
Police said he screamed at the children to stop with the noise, sit down or get off the bus, before ordering the two off the bus.
“He stopped the bus and was using foul language and obscenities,” Vular said.
Vular said the two frightened teens ran off the bus and one of the boys left his jacket behind. The average temperature that day was 21 degrees.
A 12-year-old who rides the bus told his father, who drove to the area and found the boys walking near the intersection of Legionville Road and Duss Avenue, Vular said.
The concerned parent picked up the stranded students, who had walked about 1 mile. They were let off about three miles from their bus stop at Church and 15th streets, he said.
An official at Rhodes Transit said Bonzo has been suspended pending the outcome of the case. If he is cleared, his position will be reinstated with a different school.
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