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Crisp-eating pupils forced off school bus.

Two primary schoolchildren were forced to walk more than a mile home alone after being ordered off a school bus for eating crisps.

Education chiefs at Swansea County Council have launched an inquiry into what it sees as an "extremely worrying" incident.

Demi Waters and Thomas Beaujean, both nine, were heading home by school bus after a day at the city's St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School.

They said they were warned about eating crisps on the bus by the on-board chaperone, then ordered off at the next stop.

A third schoolgirl was also ordered off for eating crisps but, it is understood, she was due to get off at the next stop anyway.

Nicola Willmett, 28, of Morriston, Swansea, said she was furious to learn her son Thomas had been abandoned by a busy roadside.

A spokesman for Swansea Council said the school bus service was contracted to Gemini Travel which also provided the chaperone.

"Swansea Council and St Joseph's school are very concerned about what seems to have happened," he said.

"According to school rules, any concerns relating to pupil behaviour would normally be reported to the school the following day and appropriate action taken."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 15, 2007
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