Driving a school bus has to be a difficult job at times. Kids are loud and often unruly. Then you have the kids who hate going to school and would much rather cause trouble on the bus. But most bus drivers take the daily hassle in stride. That is unless your bus driver is Lori Ann Mankos, who parked her bus and walked away, leaving 26 kids at a gas station.
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Mankos is facing 26 counts of endangering the welfare of children after reportedly leaving her vehicle at a Pennsylvania gas station. To make matter worse, she was said to have been intoxicated, and she was charged with DUI, according to Barstool Sports.
The incident took place Friday afternoon after the driver picked up Northhampton Senior High School students. They didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary until Mankos began swerving uncontrollably and veered into the opposing lane’s traffic.
According to the students, Mankos seemed “agitated” before students even got on the bus. Mason Persiani, a student on the bus, explained the moment everyone knew something was wrong. “When there was a turn, a right-hand turn and when she took it she was going far too fast. She ended up being halfway into the opposing lane of traffic.”
Students, many of whom were concerned for their safety, began filming their ride home. In the video, students can be heard pleading with Mankos to pull the bus over.
Persiani reported the bus driver apparently wasn’t finished with her outlandish behavior quite yet. “She ended up telling us to… go f**k ourselves and flipped us off. You know, stuck her hand in the air and flipped us off.”
At the mid-way point in the short video, Mankos can be heard yelling to the students on the bus: “Do you want, if I just pulled over and called everybody’s parents to pick them up?” Perhaps to her surprise, she was met with a resounding “yes” from everyone inside the bus.
Mankos was a woman of her word. She proceeded to turn into a nearby gas station parking lot, handed the keys to a gas station employee and proceeded to walk into the sunset, or in this case, the county jail.