School bus driver accused of duct taping boy with Down syndrome

A Pennsylvania bus driver has been accused of using duct tape to restrain a 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome to a seat on her bus.

Upper Darby school bus driver Juliet Pratt, 54, admitted to the District Attorney’s office that this was not the first time she duct-taped the boy to his seat, CBS News Philadelphia reported.

She was arrested and charged with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and assault.

Police were called to Hillcrest Elementary School on March 8 for reports that a school bus driver assaulted a 10-year-old boy.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said that the student, who has Down syndrome, was already sitting in a district-supplied safety harness when Pratt began putting duct tape on him.


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