School bus driver stabbed to death in front of horrified children on way home

A bus driver was stabbed to death in front of terrified young children on their way home from school.

Richard Lenhart, 72, died of his injuries after a man leaped onto his school bus as it was collecting kids from Longfellow Elementary School, Washington, US.

The killer knifed Mr Lenhart while he was driving, leading the bus to mount a curb and careen into a nearby hedge, MailOnline reported.

Mr Lenhart was stabbed at around 3.10pm on Friday.

He was rushed to hospital, where the bus driver died of his injuries.

No children were harmed in the collision, local police confirmed.

The suspect waited at the scene and was arrested without protest.

They are yet to be named by cops.

Horrified children who witnessed the attack have been offered counselling by the school.

The primary school kids were taken back to school, where their parents were told to pick them up.

Pasco School District's superintendent tried to reassure parents in a statement posted on Facebook.

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Michelle Whitey wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that I write to you this evening. Pasco Police Department shared information at a press conference earlier tonight that one of our bus drivers was assaulted today and died from his injuries.

"We are devastated by the tragic loss of one of our own. Our focus right now is on supporting our students and staff who are deeply impacted by this tragedy.

"Counselors will be available over the weekend and next week to provide support for students and staff. Events like these can trigger strong and unexpected emotional reactions.

"Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s school counselor or principal if you or your child need support.

"We are deeply saddened by the events of today. As our community processes these events, please keep a watchful eye on each other and reach out if you need us."

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