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Aide arrested, charged for allegedly leaving boy on bus


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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bus aide has been charged with second-degree cruelty to a child after she allegedly left a 3-year-old autistic boy on the school bus, News4 reports.

Quiana Greene was recently arrested in connection with the incident, which occurred in November, and she pled not guilty.

The boy was picked up at his home in the morning for the ride to his elementary school. Greene told investigators that once the bus arrived at the school, a staff member boarded the bus and called out the names of the students who needed to get off. Greene said the staff member never called out the 3-year-old's name, and she assumed the bus was empty. The boy was discovered at 2 p.m. that day when Greene boarded the bus and heard someone call out, according to News4.

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If you read the full story, it states that the aide or driver had to go to the back of the bus to turn off the buzzer that is meant to remind the driver to check the bus for any students left behind. This is an example of the buzzer only being a reminder to walk back to the bus to turn it off, not a reminder to check for students. The driver should also have been arrested along with the aide. In California, the driver has the ultimate responsibility over that bus, whether or not an aide is present. With 2 sets of eyes present, that student should not have been missed. I personally experienced a situation with an aide where the aide missed the student but was found by me upon returning to the bus yard. The aide walked right by the student when she disembarked the bus and then I did my own walk through the bus when I parked and found the student. The bottom line is that the driver needs to walk and check the bus each and every time they park that bus. That is the only way to be certain that there are no students left behind!

Wendy    |    Jul 01, 2013 07:46 AM

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