Fed-up bus driver dumps rowdy kids back at school

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A BUS driver got so fed up with rowdy pupils on board he aban­doned his route and dumped them back at SCHOOL.

Par­ents claim the driver locked the doors after a group of un­ruly young­sters re­peat­edly pressed the but­tons used to stop the bus.

Re­ports even sug­gest the bus came to a halt in the mid­dle of a hous­ing es­tate at one point, with some of the chil­dren bang­ing on the win­dows and scream­ing to be al­lowed off.

The 948 bus, op­er­ated by Wi­gan Coach­ways, even­tu­ally re­turned to St John Fisher RC High School in Wi­gan, Greater Manch­ester, at 3.45pm on Fri­day.

Company bosses support the driver’s con­duct but par­ents are ac­cus­ing him of tak­ing their chil­dren hostage.

Mum Laura Dale said: “I ap­pre­ci­ate some­one shouldn’t have pressed the bell but the cor­rect thing to do would be to speak to the school about mis­be­haviour and say it needs mon­i­tor­ing, not take them on a wild goose chase.”

But company bosses backed the driver and have threat­ened to axe the ser­vice if the kids’ be­hav­iour doesn’t im­prove.

Wi­gan Coach­ways di­rec­tor Roger Jarvis, said: “The be­hav­iour of the chil­dren was appalling.”

St John Fisher Head Teacher Richard Ward said: “We are treat­ing the mat­ter se­ri­ously and are thor­oughly in­ves­ti­ga­tion what hap­pened with the bus company in­volved.”

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