Juliet Lee Pratt duct-taped student to school bus seat: Cops
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Juliet Lee Pratt (Delaware County District Attorney

Juliet Lee Pratt (Delaware County District Attorney’s Office)

An elementary school bus driver in Pennsylvania is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly using duct tape to restrain a 10-year-old child in his seat, wrapping the boy’s ankles, arms, and chest with the adhesive so extensively that a seat belt cutter was required to get him free.

Juliet Lee Pratt was charged on Tuesday with one count each of unlawful restraint of a minor by a non-parent, false imprisonment of a minor by a non-parent, and endangering the welfare of a child, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

“Bus drivers are entrusted with enormous responsibility every time they get behind the wheel. In addition to being safe drivers, we also expect them to treat the children in their care with dignity and respect,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said in a statement after the charges against Pratt were filed. “Using duct tape on a child who was already fully restrained in the vehicle’s harness was not only inexcusable, it was also dangerous. Had an accident occurred, this child would have been unable to free himself from the tape. There is simply no excuse for this conduct, which is why these charges have been filed.”

According to a press release from the DA’s office, officers with the Upper Darby Police Department on the morning of March 8, 2023, responded to a call from Hillcrest Elementary School in Drexel Hill regarding a report about a bus driver allegedly assaulting a 10-year-old male student. Drexel Hill is located less than 10 miles west of Philadelphia.

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