Police: School bus driver makes girl suspicious offer

Driver offered to take 10-year-old girl out

INDIANAPOLIS - A school bus driver has been placed on leave after a 10-year-old girl said he offered to take her out for pizza.

The girl's parents reported the incident to police Monday.

They said their daughter, who is the first student on the bus in the morning and the last off in the evening, told them the driver asked her Friday to tell him her favorite food and dessert.

When she replied pizza and ice cream, she said the driver offered to take her out for pizza, but told her not to tell the other students, the girl's parents said.

"(He) told her not to mention it to anyone else because they would want to go," according to the police report.

The police report did not include the driver's name.

Indianapolis Public Schools officials said the driver, who is an employee of contractor Durham School Services, is no longer involved in IPS bus routes.

A Durham spokesman said the driver had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

"We couldn't take matters of student safety more seriously, so we are fully investigating the matter," said spokesman Blaine Krage.

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