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September 04, 2013  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Driver charged for leaving 5-year-old on bus


SANGER, Texas — A bus driver for a local school district was arrested and charged with abandonment and endangerment of a child criminal negligence for leaving a student on a bus for several hours, Denton Record-Chronicle reports.

Police told the newspaper that the 5-year-old boy was dropped off by his father at the bus stop in the morning, and the boy boarded his bus. Driver Charles Alfred Renz of Sanger Independent School District reportedly completed his shift and brought the bus back to the district’s transportation facility with the child still on the bus.

A football coach then went to the facility to pick up the bus to bring it to one of the district’s high schools in the afternoon, and while the bus was parked at the school, someone found the kindergartner on the bus. The district issued a statement on Friday stating that the incident is being investigated. Renz was released from jail on Saturday after posting $7,500 bond.

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Yes I agree with Tyrone, normally you walk through the bus and check the emergency exits and the seats for tightness, and damage. So why did the coach also miss the student. Also kindergarten students are very small and if the student was hiding BECAUSE he didn't want to go to school, if Texas require or their buses are equipped with the no child left on the bus system, this is were the driver must walk the bus and push a button or open the door depending on the model of bus. There are a lot of questions left un-answered in the story.

Douglas Wood    |    Sep 06, 2013 04:09 AM

At 78 I think it might be time for Mr. Renz to hang up his keys for good. I'm not sure a 78 year old bus driver is the best thing for our students. At that age it can be easy to overlook details and miss things that are going on, such as a child left behind. I would suggest he be asked to resign, or possibly forced to. I don't know if all the charges brought against him are truly necessary. Fortunately, the child was unhurt, so I would suggest simply give Mr. Renz the door and let it go at that. I have no plans to drive until I'm 78. I can tell you that for sure!

Geoff Bridgman    |    Sep 05, 2013 04:53 PM

So why wasn't the coach taken to the shed for not checking the bus before moving it from storage or at least walking through it at the high school? The bus drive didn't do a post-trip inspection and the coach didn't do a pre-trip inspection....

Tyrone L. Greene    |    Sep 05, 2013 02:09 PM

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