Driver accused of shutting kids in hot bus

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) – A Lebanon school bus driver has resigned after being accused of making elementary-age students sit with the windows up in hot weather as a punishment.

Lebanon schools officials had placed driver Benjamin Spaulding on administrative leave after hearing reports of the Monday afternoon incident. They say the seven-year driver resigned just before a scheduled disciplinary hearing Wednesday.

Published reports indicate that police are investigating complaints that Spaulding pulled the bus over Monday because students were unruly. He allegedly ordered them to close windows, then left them inside for a yet-undetermined time before returning to finish his route. Temperatures outside ranged to 90 Monday afternoon.

Police say they don’t know of any harm to any students.

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