School Bus Driver Charged After She Puts Hand On Loud Student's Mouth


47-year old Susan  Mantz of Canandaigua is employed as a school bus driver for the Marcus Whitman Central School District. It is alleged that on Friday June 8, 2012 at about 2:30PM, Ms. Mantz placed her hands on a student on the bus.

This took place while the bus was parked in the bus circle at the high school. Middle school and Intermediate school students were on board the bus and the High school had not yet dismissed due to a delay caused by an assembly. The students on board were becoming loud and disruptive and Ms. Mantz tried to quiet one student by placing her hand over his mouth. The student did not sustain any injury. He reported the incident to his mother upon arriving home.

Ms. Mantz was charged based upon a complaint by the student's parent. Ms. Mantz was issued an appeareance ticket charging her with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor. She is scheduled to appear in Gorham Town Court at a later date to answer the charge.

School officials say Mantz has been assigned to home by the district, and no further action regarding her employement will be taken until the court case is settled.

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