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Parents Want Answers After School Bus Driver Left 26 Students at Gas Station and Walked Away

WFMZ

After high school and middle school students aboard a Pennsylvania bus grew concerned with the driver’s behavior, she decided to leave all 26 of them at a gas station.

The incident occurred on Friday when driver Lori Ann Mankos, 44, was on her usual route to drop students off at home after school, according to WFMZ.

Mankos allegedly started driving erratically, prompting some students to joke about it. But the situation quickly became more serious.

A student who was aboard the bus explained that her driving became potentially dangerous. Mason Persiani told WFMZ:

“When there was a turn, a right-hand turn and when she took it she was going far too fast. She ended up being halfway into the opposing lane of traffic.”

Students started asking the bus driver to “pull over.” That’s when she drove into a Sunoco gas station and exited the bus.

Mankos handed the bus keys to a gas station employee and walked away from the scene. In a video of the moment, one student asked if they should “follow her.”

The bus driver did not return, so many of the students contacted their parents to pick them up. The remaining children were taken home by a replacement bus driver.

Now, police believe that Mankos was drinking or on a controlled substance during the afternoon route.

She has been charged with one count of driving under the influence and 26 counts of endangering the welfare of children, WFMZ reports.

However, parents have still been left wondering why the bus driver decided to leave. Mason’s father, Anthony Persiani, had to pick his son up from the gas station. He said:

“I would certainly like an explanation. It was a scary situation.”

None of the children were injured during the incident. It’s unclear if Mankos has retained her job with the school district.

Watch the video below:

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  1. The driver obviously felt something was wrong after she started driving erratically. She did the best thing she could have done and that was to park the bus & give the keys to the gas station attendant, which is far better than what could have happened had she continued to drive under her current condition (whatever that might have been). The children are safe and there were no incidents.

  2. THANK OUR LORD SHE GOT OUT OF BUS AND LEFT AND NO CHILD WAS HURT. SHE COULD HAVE HAD A WRECK AND KILLED THEM ALL. PRNTS YOU NEED TO THANK OUR LORD YOUR CHILD IS OK AND THAT HE GOT THE BUS DRIVER OFF THE BUS.

  3. I believe she did the correct thing. Knew something was wrong and left before the children or others were either injured or killed. Parked safely and gave keys to gas station attendant.

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