St. Paul, MN-On February 28 police responded to a call on a report of an unauthorized man on a school bus while children were returning from a field trip.
The bus was parked in front of Chelsea Heights Elementary School and that’s where police found the 61 year old man sitting in the bus. He told police he had been at the Walker Art Center and got on the wrong bus.
After speaking with the man, police determined he was a sex offender and arrested him for a registration violation.
Kevin J. Burns, Director of Communications for St. Paul Public Schools issued the following statement: During a bus ride back to the school from a field trip in Minneapolis on Feb. 28, an unidentified adult was discovered sitting in the back of a school bus returning to Chelsea Heights Elementary. The driver immediately called dispatch to alert police. Students were under the supervision of school staff at all times. The adult was taken into custody at the school without incident by the St. Paul Police Department and they are investigating the individual. St. Paul Public Schools is conducting its own investigation to learn more about what happened and to strengthen our bus safety procedures. SSPS has also informed its school bus contractors about the incident to reinforce our required safety protocols. The school is in regular communication with families affected by this situation.