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School bus driver charged with reckless endangering, vehicular assault

Delaware News Desk
Sussex Countian
Sussex Countian

Delaware State Police have arrested an Indian River School District bus driver on charges of reckless endangering and vehicular assault.

Police were made aware of an incident that occurred on Jan. 28 involving a school bus transporting students home from the Long Neck Elementary School. The bus driver, 65-year-old Granville R. Lawson, of Dagsboro, was traveling within Bay City Mobile Home Park for afternoon drop-offs when he intentionally slammed on the brakes. 

Proceeding the incident, Lawson allegedly said over the PA system, “See what I can do when you get out of your seats?” According to police, no announcements were made concerning children being out of their seats just prior to the incident. Afterward, Lawson continued with his drop-offs.

During the incident, there were a total of 30 students on board, ranging from ages 6 to 11, as well as a 77-year-old adult aid. Contact was made with all of the students’ legal guardians and it was confirmed that 11 victims sustained injuries from the incident, including bruises, abrasions and concussion-like symptoms. Of the students on board, 19 did not report any injury, however, all confirmed the reckless manner in which Lawson intentionally stopped the bus. Ten of the parents whose children did not sustain injury declined prosecution in lieu of disciplinary action by the school.

Lawson was taken into custody while at Troop 4 on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 and charged with nine counts of second-degree reckless endangering and 11 counts of third-degree vehicular assault. He was then released on his own recognizance.