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Monsey bus driver of Hasidic school arrested for dropping of children a mile from their homes

By Mason White 4:23 PM September 16, 2014
Floyd James 

By: Hydar Tomar
A bus driver of a Monsey Hasidic school was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly dropping off children a mile away from their homes, police in New York said.

Ramapo Police said that they arrested 53-year-old Floyd James, who worked for Student Bus Co., one of the two main contractors transporting students in the East Ramapo School District.

Police opened an investigation after parents complained about an incident, which occurred during the first week of school.

A parent of a 7-year-old boy said that his child was being transported by the school bus from Cheder Chabad of Monsey, when he was dropped off at the corner of Route 306 and Brick Church Road.

The child was forced to walk a mile on the side of the road on an unusually hot afternoon.

Another parent said that her children were on the bus, and that a group of seven or eight students walked together to their homes.

The bus driver told them to get off the bus because he will not stop in front of anyone’s house.

“Our main concern of course, is the safety of our students,” East Ramapo School District officials said. “We have over 350 drivers, and this was an isolated incident.”

The driver has since been suspended.