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Police: Children ordered off bus

on March 26, 2014 10:20 AM

DARBY (AP) — A school bus driver has been arrested after police said he ordered elementary school children — some as young as 5 — to get off his bus, blocks away from their stops.

Darby police Chief Robert Smythe said Tuesday that Wesner Laventure, 55, of Sharon Hill, is facing charges of child endangerment and reckless endangerment.

A concerned mother contacted authorities Monday afternoon after her 5-year-old son wasn’t dropped off at the bus stop. Authorities soon discovered at least 17 children, ages 5 to 12, were forced off the bus and many didn’t know where they were.

Smythe said Laventure isn’t the regular bus driver and was running late and couldn’t find some bus stops along his route, so he stopped and told the kids to get off.

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