Mayor:Woman facing charges after allegedly attacking driver on bus full of school children
WEST YORK, Pa —
It was a frightening scene at a West York bus stop when a woman allegedly attacked the driver Friday morning as a bus load of elementary school children watched, according to the West York Mayor.
West York Borough and school officials are saying they are proud of how everyone, especially the children handled things.
Jamie Ruppert lives in the neighborhood and witnessed the attack.
"I'm just sitting here, like I do every morning," Ruppert said. "Next thing I know, I hear screaming, kids crying, bus driver honking the horn. I see a lady hitting the driver over and over."
He says he immediately ran to see what was going on.
"I talked her off, had her get off, the first thing that came to mind was the kids," he said.
The children on the bus ranged in age from kindergarten to fifth grade. They were heading to the borough's three elementary schools.
They, too, sprang into action.
"Older children opened the emergency exit and helped the younger children get out of the back of the bus," West York Mayor Shawn Mauck said. "We do evacuation drills, so, we teach kids how to get off, get in, what to do in case of emergency."
Kids then waited on a neighbor's porch as emergency crews were called. But the erratic behavior was far from over.
Witnesses say the woman knocked down cameras on the bus, was not coherent and began to sang children's songs whil sitting on the back of the bus.
Witnesses say she tried to leave the scene as more people arrived.
She was subdued by police and taken into custody. Parents were called to the scene and children were allowed to go home.
The woman, 30-year-old Jackelyn Sanchez, was involuntarily committed at an area hospital and later charged with 14 counts in relation to this morning's incident, according to Mayor Mauck.