Child Left Alone On Clark County Bus

An investigation is underway in Clark County after school officials say a 4-year-old girl was left unattended on a school bus.

It happened Wednesday morning after the bus had made its runs.

The driver parked the bus and walked off. Another school employee noticed the child through a window, while walking by, and called school officials.

School officials say the girl was left alone for about 3-5 minutes. They say the bus driver did not follow proper procedures, which require a through check of the bus after runs have been made.

The driver has been disciplined, but school officials aren't saying how.

The four-year-old is ok. She was taken to her school after the incident. Her parents were also notified about what happened.

Clark County school officials say they're taking this seriously, and want to make sure it does not happen again.

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  • by DEYONNE on Sep 21, 2009 at 12:58 AM
    As I read this, i'm reminded of how peoples' mind's are else where when they are in the work place and they are not following rules. I'm hoping that this school bus driver at some point in their trianing session for thuis position, was told about checking the bus after run's are done and if not, this type of dicussion should be made a priority (i'm sure it will be after this). All's i want to say is Thank God this child was located by someone before any more time had elapsed...
  • by Kirk Location: Lexington on Nov 17, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    Um..why wasn't the kid smart enough to get off and walk to class? Kids these days are helpless and depend way to much on their parents.
  • by john Location: ky on Nov 17, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    i thought all buses had an aide.if not they sure need one.seems like this is happen a lot lately.
  • by Julie Location: Winchester on Nov 16, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    The bus driver was not punished appropriately in my opinion. What if it was summer time? The child could have died. I think not only should their job be terminated, but criminal neglect charges should be filed against the driver. If a parent forgot their child in a car and the police was called, that parent would be in jail and their face plastered all over the news. So what is the difference?
  • by Required by law Location: KY on Nov 15, 2008 at 07:18 PM
    It is required that ALL drivers check their bus. However, a 4 year old child on a school bus should of had a monitor. I'm not sure about how the school is there, but here a 4 year old can not attend Kindergarten and they have to go to pre-school and our schools are at different locations. Anyway, although if a monitor was present, it was still the drivers responsibilty to give it a 2nd look just to make sure there were no sleeping beauties in the floor. Thank God, that I check my bus before I leave my last school and when I get home, so that is DOUBLE CHECKING....
  • by Child care worker Location: Breathitt on Nov 15, 2008 at 05:33 PM
    Bus drivers should treat those children as if they was their own. I would never get out of a car without making sure all my children are out. It's the same thing for bus drivers or and other school worker. Wake up before another child is hurt.
  • by RCC Location: WINCHESTER on Nov 15, 2008 at 04:41 AM
  • by c Location: fkt on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    This is exactly why my children do not ride the bus! You cannot trust anyone to do their jobs these days! Parents protect your children!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2008 at 06:05 PM
    I work in a preschool and we have 3 and 4 year olds that we put on the bus on a daily basis. There should be a bus monitor on the bus and that is also the person that is resoponsible for the child on the bus. Preschool children are to be handed directly to another person. They should never be left unattended. I dont know where the break down in this situation was but mistakes do happen and for whatever reason we do not know why the driver did not check the bus nor did the monitor. It is not our place to judge them but preschool children are safer on the bus than any of the other children.
  • by Brandi Location: Stanton on Nov 14, 2008 at 02:51 PM
    Wow - poor kid. I'm glad that someone had the sense to call the school officials or lord knows how long she would have been left on the bus. I am so glad that my child doesn't ride the school bus. It irritates me that people don't take their jobs seriously enough. It would have taken this bus driver what, 2 minutes max to check the bus? This is ignorance, pure and simple.
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