BREAKING NEWS: School bus driver charged with reckless endangering, vehicular assault
The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 4, arrested 65-year-old Granville R. Lawson of Dagsboro on multiple counts of Reckless Endangering and Vehicular Assault after a Jan. 28 incident in which he allegedly intentionally slammed on brakes of the school bus he was driving and caused injuries to multiple students on the bus.
Police said they were made aware of the incident on Jan. 28, after the incident on a school bus transporting students home from the Long Neck Elementary School. Through further investigations, they said, it was learned that the school bus driver, Lawson, had been traveling within the Bay City community in Long Neck for afternoon drop-offs and had allegedly intentionally slammed on the bus’s brakes, causing injury to multiple students on board.
Preceding the incident, police said, Lawson allegedly made an announcement over the PA system: “See what I can do when you get out of your seats.” Police said they were told that Lawson had made no announcements concerning children being out of their seats just prior to the forceful application of the bus’s brakes. After the incident, they said, Lawson reportedly continued with his drop-offs.
During the incident, police said, there were a total of 30 students on board, ranging from ages 6 to 11, as well as a 77-year-old adult aid. Police said that contact was made with all of the 30 students’ legal guardians and it was confirmed that 11 victims had sustained injuries from the incident, ranging from bruising to abrasions, as well as concussion-like symptoms.
The remaining 19 victims, police said, did not report any injury; however, all reported the reckless manner in which Lawson allegedly intentionally stopped the bus. A total of 10 of the parents whose children did not sustain injury in the incident declined prosecution in lieu of disciplinary action by the school, police reported.
Lawson was taken into custody while at DSP Troop 4 on Feb. 3 and charged with nine counts of Reckless Endangering Second Degree and 11 counts of Vehicular Assault Third Degree. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and released on his own recognizance, police said.