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School bus driver drives to her home in another city, parks and leaves the children on board

School bus driver with a suspended driving license drives to her house in another city, parks and lets the children on board tell the supervisor: “You have to deal with these children yourself”

  • The driver stopped dropping off the children at their home and instead drove to her own house in another city, parked and left them on board
  • The driver worked for Mercy USA and drove a suspended driver’s license
  • The students were taken from Avon Avenue School to the Vailsburg area of ​​Newark, New Jersey on February 6
  • Upon arrival, the driver reportedly got off the bus and entered her house and said to the bus keeper: “You have to deal with these children yourself”
  • 14 children were found on board and unharmed
  • Newark Public Schools said it had terminated its contract with Mercy USA
  • The bus driver received a summons for driving with a suspended driver’s license

A bus full of school children found a detour on the way home when the driver did not drop them off at home and instead drove to her own house in another town, parked and left them on board.

The female driver drove a suspended driver’s license when she took the 14 students from Avon Avenue School to the Vailsburg area of ​​Newark, New Jersey, on February 6.

The driver, who was working for Mercy USA at the time, had started the normal route to drop off a few children at home before deciding to leave the route and go to her own home instead of Stuyvesant Avenue and Abinger Place .

Upon arrival, she reportedly got off the bus and entered her house and said to the coachman: “You have to deal with these children yourself.”

The female driver drove a Mercy USA school bus (photo) with a suspended driver's license when she took the 14 students from Avon Avenue School to the Vailsburg area of ​​Newark, New Jersey, on February 6.

The female driver drove a Mercy USA school bus (photo) with a suspended driver’s license when she took the 14 students from Avon Avenue School to the Vailsburg area of ​​Newark, New Jersey, on February 6.

An indignant mother told it Eyewitness News that she was filled with panic when her daughter with special needs did not come home at the usual time.

“I was cleaning up, preparing my daughter’s food for dinner, and I realized it was four o’clock and she wasn’t home,” Angele Easterling said.

Amber Easterling, 11, was on the bus when the driver went rogue.

She said the driver “told the bus driver that you have to deal with these children yourself.”

The experience has scared Amber’s mother to let her take the bus to school.

“I’m still sick on my stomach because I’m not letting my daughter take the bus to school now,” she said.

“I just love it because, you know, a lot of things happen on the street, children go missing.”

Angele Easterling (right) told Eyewitness News that she panicked when her daughter Amber (left) didn’t come home at the usual time. “I was cleaning up, preparing my daughter’s food for dinner, and I realized it was four o’clock and she wasn’t home,” Angele said.

The Newark police found the missing bus around 4:30 PM. near Stuyvesant Avenue and Abinger Place after responding to reports that it had missed several designated stops.

Officers confirmed that 14 children were found on board and remained unharmed.

The children were taken to a nearby site where their parents could pick them up.

Newark Public Schools has issued a statement stating that it has terminated its contract with Mercy USA.

It said: “The district has removed this seller from transporting students to Avon Avenue School and is in the process of determining the next steps with regard to future services. In addition, because the established guidelines were not complied with, the district also imposed liquid financial damage for this violation. This remains an active investigation. “

A meeting was held at Avon Avenue School on Wednesday for concerned parents to discuss the incident with Child Protective Services.

The unnamed bus driver was summoned for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

The police said they were allegedly unfamiliar with the route.

The children were on their way home from Avon Avenue School (above) when the incident occurred. Newark Public Schools has issued a statement stating that it has terminated its contract with Mercy USA

The children were on their way home from Avon Avenue School (above) when the incident occurred. Newark Public Schools has issued a statement stating that it has terminated its contract with Mercy USA

The children were on their way home from Avon Avenue School (above) when the incident occurred. Newark Public Schools has issued a statement stating that it has terminated its contract with Mercy USA

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