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School bus driver staged fight between kids, detectives say

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A school bus driver drove a busload of middle and high school students to her house and staged a fight between two students in the front yard, the sheriff's office said Friday.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon, according to a media release.

Deputies arrested 29-year-old Patrice Sanders. She is charged with child abuse, child neglect, false imprisonment, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Sanders heard two teenage girls on the bus arguing and said "this is going to be handled today and they just need to fight," according to an affidavit released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

She then drove the bus to her house, bypassing stops she was supposed to make on the way to drop the other students off, the report says.

The two students fought while Sanders and the other teens watched, and at least one recorded it all on a cell phone, investigators say.

The teens stopped fighting, everyone got back on the bus, and the teens began fighting again - -and again, Sanders watched until they were finished, according to the affidavit.

That evening, detectives interviews the two girls and Sanders, and arrested Sanders, the sheriff's office said.

Sanders will make her first appearance in court Saturday morning.

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