Rockland County – A bus driver in the East Ramapo Central School District has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child after dropping a group of young students off on the side of a busy road a week ago.
Police say that Floyd James, 53, was driving students home from Cheder Chabad in Spring Valley on Erev Shabbos, September 5, when the incident occurred. James, a Chestnut Ridge resident was approximately 30 minutes behind schedule when he dropped off a group of boys, ages six through nine, on the side of Route 306, on a day when temperatures topped 90 degrees.
The bus was traveling southbound on Route 306 when the bus driver elected to drop off the students in the area of Mariner Way and Brick Church Road, approximately two tenths of a mile from their designated bus stop, according to Lieutenant Mark Emma of the Ramapo Police Department.
The students were dehydrated when they got home.
James was arraigned this morning before Judge Simon in the Town of Ramapo Justice Court and is being released on his own recognizance. He will be facing misdemeanor charges when he appears in court on October 7th.