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Kid Left On Bus

Chloe Jameson

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 Every parent has the fear of not seeing their child at school for pickup. Luckily, many parents never have to go through this, but for one local Carl Junction mother this worry became all too real.

 On February 8, when the boy’s mother came to pick up her four year old son from daycare, noticed that he was gone. This alarmed staff, who then immediately proceeded to call the local law enforcement. It wasn’t until around 5 p.m. that the young boy was found by police officers in the Carl Junction bus garage.

 It’s estimated that he was alone in the locked bus for around 2 hours. The boy, who was enrolled in Carl Junction’s early childhood program, was said to have fallen asleep on the bus during the route to his daycare, and he found himself trapped on the bus when he woke up. According to the KOAM News Station, the boy was found “hysterical” with “lots of tears”. The driver of the bus, who may be facing multiple different charges, allegedly did not follow the proper protocol drivers must abide by in order to prevent incidents such as this one from ever occurring.

 When drivers complete their route, they are supposed to check the entire bus by walking up and down the aisle and then hang a sign on the back of the bus showing that there has been a clean sweep of the bus. The sign was found hanging on the back door, and investigations conclude that instead of checking the bus thoroughly, the driver just hung up the sign without checking the bus.

 According to KOAM, appropriate action has been taken against the driver. It’s also mentioned that the school is working with the child to feel safe on the school bus again.

 

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