Four-Year-Old Left On School Bus

A four-year-old fell asleep while riding the bus to school.

But officials say when a Scott County pre-schooler woke up yesterday, no one was around.

Now, many are asking why he was left alone on the bus for an hour before anyone found out.

Officials say a four-year-old preschool student fell asleep on the bus on the way to school.

Logan Freeman was discovered about an hour after the driver had completed his morning route.

Officials say J.T. McClanahan had driven the bus back to his home, when he found Logan.

McClanahan had reportedly walked through the bus back at the preschool, but didn't see the child.

McClanahan is suspended with pay during the investigation.

He has been a Scott County bus driver for more than 15 years.


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  • by Amanda Location: Ly on Nov 2, 2007 at 07:08 AM
    Well, when I was riding the bus, the oldest kids had to make sure that the little kids was up and if they fell back a sleep we would tell the bus driver that the child was still slepping and they would make sure they was off. Somtimes if you are doing a bus check a child can getr up in uder the seat and it may be hard to see them if it is dark outside but I think they should know how many students are on the bus and how many get off, because little kids can't deal with the cold like an older person might.I am not trying to say that the man did not do his job but like I said some children are really small and could hide under the set and you not even see them.
  • by Jim Location: lexington on Nov 1, 2007 at 07:30 PM
    When I was growing up and going to public school in the '60s and '70s, (in Ky. but not Lexington) every school bus had a broom in it. Most were in a holder in the back of the bus. Every driver was required to sweep the floor of the bus, from one end to the other, at the end of each route. This not only ensured that the bus was somewhat clean, it pretty much eliminated the chance of anyone, or any books, etc., being left on the bus. Also, because most bus passenger loading doors could not easily be opened from outside the bus, most drivers entered and exited their buses via the emergency door in the back of the bus, also forcing them to walk the full length of the bus. Maybe if today's drivers would continue some of these habits the chance for a repeat incident would drop substantially.
  • by Sierra Location: Georgetown on Nov 1, 2007 at 06:34 PM
    I am the granddaughter of J.T. the bus driver. For your information my grandfather, is NOT lazy, and he does do his job. He walked the bus to look for children, and he did not see the child which means the child WAS under the seat. My grandfather is a well respected driver in Scott County. What about his bus monitor? It is her job to watch the children. Apparently she was NOT doing her job. Do not call my grandfather LAZY! She is the one that should be held more responsible. Why is she not suspended? Do NOT put all of the blame on him. At least the child was not hurt. It could have been worse, just thank god that it wasn't. If anyone thinks that it is an easy job to take care of children that have not been taught how to act in the first place. Then they are always excepting applications, please feel free to apply. Walk a mile in their shoes before you start running off at the mouth about things you know nothing about.
  • by Joni Location: Georgetown on Nov 1, 2007 at 04:10 PM
    Even though this is an unfortunate accident,thankfully everything turned out alright. I am a bus driver, and we do have extensive training, more than most individuals would be able to complete. As for monitors on the bus, there was one on the bus, and obviously she missed him also. The driver had THREE independent individuals verify that he DID walk completely to the rear of the bus.. As a driver, I can tell you that NO child would be missed if he was asleep in the seat as is being told. Four year olds are constantly getting out of their seats and climbing on the floor, under the seats, standing in the aisles, etc.. I think we need to start teaching our children how to behave and learn how to act on a bus instead of trying to crucify a man that cares very much for the safety of the children that he carries. Everyone is real quick to pass judgment on someone when in reality they don't have a clue about what is involved in this job. Let us be thankfulthat everything turned out ok.
  • by gail Location: winchester on Nov 1, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    AC from Corbin let it happen to your child and see if YOU over react. I am appalled that you would even say that on this site. How can ANYONE be over reacting to anything that has happened to a poor innocent child. You need to crawl back under the rock you came from out under! The child may be fine this time but what happens the next time! That is the whole point of the OVER RE-ACTING as you call so that IT DOESN'T happen again. If you don't have any better statement to make then AC you need to keep your fingers off the keyboard. I suppose if someone forgot your child or mistreated your child you wouldn't think it would be and over reaction! As for annonymous your suggestion would be a good one if we didn't pay so many taxes already to pay the bus driver for the job he does and the gas that goes in the bus. Your suggestion on taking our own kids to school is ludicrous with the gas prices the hours most people work!
  • by a parent Location: ky on Nov 1, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    no i dont think we are overreacting,us good folks of ky as you say,what is this bus was to sit for a day or two not being used,and these small children were left there be it way to hot,or cold,what would happen then now lets talk about overreacting do you have a child
  • by MR. O Location: Ky on Nov 1, 2007 at 07:34 AM
    It's time to start getting serious with this stuff. I guess it's too hard for the driver to walk to the back of the bus and back. Automatic firing and charge with child neglect (they are responsible for the child's safety).
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    HOW MANY TIMES DO WE REALLY NEED THIS TO HAPPEN BEFORE SOMEONE SEES THIS AS A REAL PROBLEM. THIS IS WHY I TAKE MY CHILDREN TO SCHOOL AND PICK THE UP EVERY DAY. OBVIOUSLY NO ONE IS GOING TO DO THERE JOB CORRECTLY SO MAYBE IF WE ALL STARTED DRIVING OUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL AND PICKING THEM UP, THE BUS DRIVERS WOULD BE UN-NEEDED. AND THEY WOULD RETHINK HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO DO THEIR JOB CORRECTLY
  • by AC Location: Corbin on Oct 31, 2007 at 06:37 PM
    jeez ... i think the good folks of kentucky are seriously overreacting over this. sure, bus drivers need to be diligent about checking the bus after their run but the media and everyone else is really overreacting. the kid's fine. lesson learned and end of story!
  • by Glenn Location: Floyd Co. on Oct 31, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    If a driver or driver assistant walks a bus completely they will see a child laying in the seat asleep. I think that the tape from the bus should be pulled (if there is a tape recorder) and see if the bus was completely walked. I think all bus should be left running while the bus is checked after each run so it is recorded if the bus is walked or not. This is for the safety of the kids. I have heard the saying "Children First" Well in the case it sounds like the drivers mind was not on emptying the bus....FILE CHARGES PARENTS!!!! STOP THIS LAZINESS OF DRIVERS AND ASSISTANTS
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