Flying Pencil Causes School Bus Standoff

An errant pencil caused an hour-long school bus standoff in Prospect Tuesday.

Inside the bus, the driver and students remained at an impasse. She refused to let the kids off until someone fessed up as to who let the lead fly, officials said.

Outside, parents demanded their charges and some went so far as to barricade the bus with their cars. 

The whole unusual ordeal started on a trip home for some Long River Middle School students, according to the Waterbury Republican-American.

One of the students threw a pencil at the driver, according to an official with the Regional 16 School District. The driver pulled her bus off the road and said she wouldn't drive until someone admitted to throwing the pencil, the Republican-American reports.

As this was happening, the bus supervisor called a school district official who relayed back that the driver should continue her run, the Republican-American reports, but parents had already arrived to get their children.

Then, the cops came to diffuse the rather unusual situation.

No charges have been filed. Cops figured out which kid tossed the writing instrument, the Republican-American reports, and school and bus company officials are handing the situation.

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