An Ohio school bus driver has resigned following an accusation that he left a busload of children confined to the vehicle with the windows up in extreme heat, according to Lebanon officials. Benjamin Spaulding, a resident of Lebanon, had been placed on administrative leave prior to his resignation, district officials said.
According to complaints, the driver pulled his bus over in Lebanon and ordered students to close the windows.
He then left the bus, confining the students inside for an extended period of time before finishing his route.
On Tuesday, a parent posted on Facebook,
“Heads up Lebanon parents. What the heck is wrong with people.
So my daughter comes home yesterday complaining of a headache and went straight to bed. She has those occasionally so no one thought anything of it. She apparently slept till after 8:00 . Today, she told us what really happened.
Her bus driver pulled the bus over, made them all put their windows up, and said that he was going to let them sit until their brains melted. They sat there in full sun for 20 minutes or more in a metal box while he stood outside.”
Lebanon police initially referred questions to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office because the incident reportedly occurred outside city limits but the case was sent back to Lebanon and is being investigated.
No charges have yet been filed.