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Indiana school bus driver accused of letting students operate bus enters plea

Posted at 11:22 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 23:22:25-04

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A former Porter Township school bus driver has pleaded not guilty after three students were allowed to drive her bus while others were riding.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports that 27-year-old Joandrea McAtee appeared Monday in Porter Superior Court.

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McAtee is charged with neglect of a dependent, a felony.

Police said the students -- ages 11, 13 and 17 -- drove the bus Sept. 20 in a rural area of Valparaiso as other students were being dropped off after school. McAtee was fired by the district and the school bus company.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan. 28.

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