Driving the school bus can’t be an easy job.
Kids are loud and drivers have to pay attention to their behavior as well as the road. It can all probably get a little too much. Just ask Lori Ann Mankos, a bus driver from Pennsylvania who is now facing child endangerment charges after throwing in the towel mid-shift and abandoning her school bus.
More than 25 students allege that the driver was driving under the influence and her driving had become very dangerous. Mason Persiani was a student on the bus, and explained that the journey got off to a scary start:
“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.”
The chaos continued and the children on the bus clearly became aware of the danger that they now found themselves in. In a video captured on the bus, children can be heard asking the bus driver to pull over.
The students were scared, but it sounds like the driver was beginning to have enough herself. Persiani continues and outlines what happened next:
“She ended up telling us to… go f**k ourselves and flipped us off. You know, stuck her hand in the air and flipped us off.”
That’s certainly one way to take care of business and abandon your duties! Mankos then pulled over the school bus as a nearby gas station. She handed the keys to a gas station employee before walking away and leaving the school bus behind her.
Parents of the abandoned children collected them from the gas station, while another bus was organized to take some of the children home.