School bus driver intentionally slammed on brakes, injured 11 kids, police say

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Isabel Hughes - Delaware News Journal


A 65-year-old school bus driver who was reportedly unhappy about students not sitting in their seats was arrested Monday, a week after police say he intentionally slammed on the brakes of his school bus, injuring 11 students.


Granville Lawson, of Dagsboro, faces 20 vehicular assault and reckless endangering charges in connection with the Jan. 28 incident, Delaware State Police said. He was driving Long Neck

Elementary School students home at the time.


According to police, Lawson, who was employed with Dutton Bus Service at the time, was driving in the Bay City Mobile Home Park in Long Neck when he told students over the school bus speaker, "See what I can do when you get out of your seats."


He then proceeded to slam on the brakes, police said, injuring 11 of the 30 people on board. Lawson had made no other announcements about students being out of their seats just prior to the "see what I can do" comment, police said.


The 19 other people on the bus —18 students ranging from ages 6 to 11, and a 77-year-old adult aid — were uninjured, and those who were injured suffered anything from "bruising to abrasions and also concussion-like symptoms," police said.


Lawson was arrested Monday and charged with 11 counts of vehicular assault and nine counts of reckless endangering. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and released on his own recognizance.


Indian River School District spokesman David Maull said Long Neck Elementary informed parents of the incident on the day it happened, and encouraged them to take their children to the emergency room "if they had any concerns about injuries that may have been sustained."


Maull said he heard several parents did take their children to the hospital, though he didn't have an exact number. He also said the incident was immediately reported to state police.


Dutton Bus Service did not immediately responded to Delaware Online/The News Journal's request for comment regarding the incident. It's not known if Lawson is still employed by Dutton Bus Service, or how long he had driven for them.


Send story tips or ideas to Isabel Hughes at ihughes@delawareonline.com or 302-324-2785. For all things breaking news, follow her on Twitter at @izzihughes_

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