Police: Father Threatened To Break School Bus Driver’s Neck Over Son’s Seating Assignment

MT. PLEASANT (KDKA) — A man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened to kill his son’s school bus driver and a teacher at Ramsey Elementary in the Mt. Pleasant Area School District.

Chad Lowry, 29, of Mt. Pleasant Township, is accused of holding up busloads of students after being angered over his son’s seat assignment.

“He gave the bus driver a hard time and said he was going to break his neck if he didn’t leave his son alone,” said Mt. Pleasant Schools Police Chief Steve Ober.

Chief Ober says Lowry is also accused of threatening a teacher who tried to intervene.

Court records say Lowry is accused of telling the bus driver to “lay off my son or I’ll break your [expletive] neck.” The allegations also say he told the driver he would “go to his house and kill him.”

When a teacher intervened, authorities say foul language and ethnic slurs were used. He’s accused of telling her, “If you want a piece, I’ll kill you, too.”

All of it unfolded while kids watched and several buses were delayed.

“The students were not permitted to get off of that bus in particular, and the other buses in the area as well that were in line waiting to discharge the kids,” said Chief Ober.

The school superintendent says its not a great example for the students who witnessed in incident.

“There’s a right way, there’s a wrong way. You can make a good decision, you can make a bad decision, that would have been the wrong decision,” said Superintendent Dr. Timothy Gabauer.

Lowry’s charged with felony terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

He’s out of jail after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing on April 27.

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