Child Left Alone On School Bus For Hours

A Kentucky school bus driver is placed on leave after a leaving a child alone on the bus for hours.
The incident happened Thursday in Carter County. A five-year-old girl fell asleep on a school bus and did not get off the bus at her elementary school.
The driver then continued to his second job. He did not notice the girl until he took out the trash two and a half hours later and saw the girl beating on the bus windows.
The driver immediately took the girl to the school and the girl’s mother was contacted.
The girl’s mother says her daughter was frightened and cold, but otherwise ok.
The driver was placed on administrative leave. He declined to comment.
The Carter County School system says it is there policy that drivers check every seat at the beginning and end of each route.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    My schizophrenic daughter wandered off campus during her first week of high school after I warned repeatedly that this may happen. she was wandering the city for hours until the police finally found her
  • by Marie on Nov 3, 2007 at 08:30 AM
    lexington teacher!!!!! this is about a child left on a bus not for you to say people can't spell get a life!!!!
  • by Teacher Location: Lex on Oct 29, 2007 at 06:15 PM
    After reading all the comments on here and seeing so many words spelled incorrectly, I'm guessing a lot of you fell asleep on the bus and missed class. Come on people; grammar, spelling and punctuation should be the easy stuff. Grammar is not the little old lady you saw at Christmas each year.
  • by Kim Location: Richmond on Oct 29, 2007 at 02:40 PM
    Oh geez, people need to quit turning this into such a big deal. Sure, the girl is going to be scared and frightened for a little bit, but people make mistakes. No one is perfect, I'm sure you all have messed up on the job sometimes as well, but you don't hear anyone complaining, now do you?
  • by Kate Location: Louisville on Oct 29, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    To Genevie Tomblin...... Thank God your little angel is o.k.!!! Sue for everything you can, make an example out of this. If this driver had been doing their job then this would not have happened. And this is for JILL. I don't know this driver but most likely someone with an attitude like you. I hope and pray that God never gives you children because they ARE NOT brats!!!! They are blessings from God! Someone like you don't deserve this most precious gift! My prayers are with Desiree's family, God bless you all.
  • by BbB Location: Lexington on Oct 29, 2007 at 12:39 PM
    Hope y'all get a lot of money (that is the point, right?) and when you do, spend a little on some night classes and learn how to write, spell and punctuate properly.
  • by Barry Location: London on Oct 29, 2007 at 11:45 AM
    IF SHE IS TRAUMATIZED FROM THIS HE SHOULD PAY FOR HER COUNSELING. SHE SHOULD HAVE LIFE TIME FREE RENTAL AT HIS VIDEO STORE. This is why we have so many disturbed children unable to handle any problems in life. Counseling and life-long trauma? Ridiculous. But I do like that free rental for life thing, that should get her over her trauma. Get a GRIP, parents.
  • by Training driver Location: ky on Oct 29, 2007 at 10:08 AM
    I was actually training last weak to become a school bus driver. In this training we were told "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND." At the end of the route when you shut off the bus you have to put turn the key to acc. an alarm goes off you then have to walk to the back of the bus, checking each seat, raise the arm on the back door or push a button above the rear right seat. If you forget to do this and just turn off the bus and get off, after a few seconds the horn blows alerting you that your forgot to do this. If this is a law now why didn't this driver follow this? hy has to Board of Education not updated their buses? I am a parent, but like I was told in training, We are transporting the most precious cargo, CHILDREN. There are to many incidents where kids have died from being left in vehicles. Yes I do believe he should be held accountable. CARE AND PROTECTION ARE TWO THINGS IN WHICH THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN EXPECT FROM YOU AS A BUS DRIVER.
  • by Concerned Location: Lexington on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:56 AM
    This is a national problem and drivers have been fired for this. And rightfully so. What if this happened in hot weather and the child died? A leave of absence is not sufficient. The driver should be fired on the spot and never be able to drive again.
  • by sleepy Location: ky on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    When I was 5 I fell asleep on the bus and missed the stop at my house at the end of the bus route. I was little and had slumped in my seat and the driver couldn't see me, and with 20 or 30 screaming 5 year olds, who can blame him for not remembering me in particular. I got home safe and sound, and no one blamed the driver.

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