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Bus Driver Charged With DUI For Leaving Bus With Nearly 30 Children Inside At Gas Station

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Some people really think the world is out to get them.

Sometimes they’re right. And sometimes there’s a good reason why someone should be “out to get them.”

Lori Ann Mankos, of Walnutport, Pennsylvania is facinga DUI and 26 counts of endangering the welfare of children after abandoning the school bus she was driving with nearly 30 children inside stranded at a gas station.

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The driver got on the bus originally appearing “agitated” and then began to swerve unsteadily through the streets.

“When there was a turn, a right-hand turn and when she took it she was going far too fast,” said Mason Persiani, a student on the bus.

“She ended up being halfway into the opposing lane of traffic.”

After swerving for quite some time, students finally convinced the driver to pull over.  She got off the bus, leaving the kids completely stranded inside before walking to a gas station attendant, giving her keys to him and walking away.

Persiani recalled:

“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.”

The kids were thankfully able to escape out the back emergency door.

The bus company managed to send another driver, though many of the kids were picked up by their parents.

“I would certainly like an explanation,” said  Persiani’s father, Anthony.

“It’s not normal.”

No, it certainly is not–but non-normal is PEAK 2019.


Written by Mike Walsh

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