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May 02, 2014  |   Comments (6)   |   Post a comment

Driver, monitor resign after special-needs student left on school bus


CRESTWOOD, Ky. — A school bus driver and monitor resigned last month after an incident in which a special-needs preschooler was left unattended on a bus for several hours, The Courier-Journal reports.

The child’s father told police that the special-needs bus picked up the child at about 10:40 a.m., but the child wasn’t at school to be picked up shortly after 2 p.m. The child was found at the district’s bus depot at about 2:30 p.m., still seated in the bus. A district spokesperson told the newspaper that the child was taken to a hospital by the parents and was in good health a couple of days after the incident.  

The driver, Gregory Clickner, and the monitor, Sharon Machi, resigned two days after the incident.

Oldham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Will Wells told The Courier-Journal that the district’s child-check procedures were not followed on the day that the child was left on the bus.

WAVE 3 News reports that Oldham County Schools officials have changed the district’s policies to help ensure that no children are left unattended on school buses in the future.

In addition to drivers and monitors conducting a post-trip child check, preschool staff will now also check the school buses and contact parents any day that a student is unexpectedly absent.

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Sometimes bus drivers and aides develop poor habits, ummmmm, I mean, become (blankety, blank) lazy! I think any driver and/or aide that fails to check that no students are on the bus, should be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no excuse that excuses them from being (blankety, blank) Lazy. They don't deserve to have a job! Welfare might be the best place for them, since they don't give a damn about kids.

Tom Thorpe    |    Aug 13, 2014 06:26 PM

I'm not sure what the problem is with walking the length of your bus at the end of your route. If you can make it down the stairs, you can walk the length of your bus. If that's a problem, you're not fit to drive, period. It's funny how drivers who find it a "physical hardship" to check their buses are RUNNING to their cars at the end of the day.

FrankP    |    May 12, 2014 02:32 PM

"Leaving a child sleeping in the safety of a school bus is safer than when riding to and from school on the bus." -JKraemer And leaving them sleeping at home, in their own bed, is safer than in an unattended bus - what's your point? When the kid wakes up, it's dark, he/she is terrorized not knowing where they are, exits the bus and wanders around a parking lot, gets hit and killed - you gonna blame THAT on the bus not having a "warning device"? What's wrong with the Driver/Attendant just doing their job? Checking the bus at the end of every run just isn't that tough! (and at least in NY - it's the LAW - break it and you go directly to jail) Drivers/Attendants that actually do "care" - do it thousands of times EVERY DAY.

buster    |    May 06, 2014 03:03 PM

Leaving a child sleeping in the safety of a school bus is safer than when riding to and from school on the bus. A foolish thought to claim that any of these drivers that make a procedural error somehow cared less about kids than those that have not mad that error. Before the two currently made that error likely boated the same foolishness. The big question, especially when considering it keeps happening, why was that child's school bus lacking a working warning device that helps protect both children and their bus drivers? Resigning was the smart move, out of that place of employment to something more sane for the civil.

jkraemer    |    May 06, 2014 11:44 AM

Why do we have to keep reading such reports? Why had these two clowns not been ferreted out before this happened? (they didn't both wake one morning and suddenly become irresponsible). And why are they not in jail on felony, "endangering the life of a child" charges? (but rather allowed to "resign") We can plead with the public that the VAST majority of dedicated, responsible, and caring transportation professionals are not associated with the few "vermin" allowed to coexist in our profession - but until they are banished those pleas will fall on deaf ears.

buster    |    May 05, 2014 09:17 AM

I fail to see how anyone can leave a child n a school bus, especially in broad daylight, with not one, but two, adults on board. It's very lucky the student didn't wander off somewhere and possibly get into some real trouble. The fact that the student spent the whole day on the bus also amazes me.

Geoff Bridgman    |    May 05, 2014 07:37 AM

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