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School Bus Driver Charged With Reckless Endangering and Vehicular Assault-Long Neck

Date Posted: Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Long Neck- The Delaware State Police have arrested 65-year-old Granville R. Lawson of Dagsboro, DE, on multiple counts of Reckless Endangering and Vehicular Assault.

On January 28, 2020, the Delaware State Police were made aware of an incident that occurred on a school bus transporting students home from the Long Neck Elementary School. Through further investigations, it was learned that the school bus driver, Granville R. Lawson, was traveling within the Bay City MHP, Long Neck, for afternoon drop-offs.  Lawson proceeded to intentionally slam on the bus’s brakes, causing injury to multiple students on board.  Proceeding the incident Lawson made an announcement over the PA system: “See what I can do when you get out of your seats”.  It was learned that Lawson made no announcements concerning children being out of their seats just prior to the forceful application of the bus’s brakes. After the incident, Lawson proceeded to continue with his drop-offs.

During this incident, there were a total of 30 students on board ranging from ages 6 to 11 and a 77-year-old adult aid.  Contact was made with all of the 30 students’ legal guardians and it was confirmed that 11 victims sustained injuries from this incident ranging from bruising, to abrasions, and also concussion like symptoms.  The remaining 19 victims did not report any injury however all reported the reckless manner in which Lawson intentionally stopped the bus. Ten of the parents whose child did not sustain injury declined prosecution in lieu of disciplinary action by the school.

Lawson was taken into custody while at Troop 4 on February 3, 2020 and charged with the following:

  • Reckless Endangering Second Degree  (9 counts)
  • Vehicular Assault Third Degree (11 counts)

Lawson was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and released on his own recognizance.

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