Three schoolchildren arrested after stealing school bus

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By: Anika Rao 

Several schoolchildren were arrested after stealing a school bus in order to take it for a joyride, according to police reports in South Carolina.

A high school principal said that the three students were arrested after taking two school buses for joyrides on Saturday.

Laurens District High School Principal Sonya Bryant said that some students were on campus Saturday, and decided to take the bus out of school premises for a ride.

She said that the students had been in school earlier in the day and participated in several student organizations.

The Director of Transportation District 55, Geoffrey Stephens, said that he saw a bus coming into the parking lot and realized that there is no bus that should have been out of the lot. He said that he found a 14-year-old and 15-year-old girl on the bus. They both said that they found the keys on the bus and did not know that they should not have been on the buses.

Bryant said that the thefts were captured on surveillance cameras, indicating that the three students were involved and two buses were taken for rides. She said that the video helped identify the children.

The boy and girl were arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff's Department, but were released to the custody of their parents with cases submitted to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Bryant did not disclose what their punishment will bet, but the school is treating this as a serious offense. She said that they are thankful no one was hurt.

The students were arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle, but have not been identified because they are minors, Bryant said.