An Illinois man who had driven around a stopped special-needs bus aimed to make up for it by paving the driveway at the home of the student he saw deboarding in a wheelchair that day.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Frankie Keen has earned the respect of students and parents alike during her years as a special-needs school bus driver for Lynchburg City Schools.
At 72 years old, Keen works eight-hour days, driving 129 miles while transporting elementary and high school students to and from school. Shari Merrill, a bus aide, assists Keen on routes.
The News & Advance reports that Keen has been driving school buses since 1971, serving both special-needs and regular-ed students. A desire to transport her own children to school prompted her to become a bus driver.
Keen told the newspaper that she chooses to drive a school bus because she loves the students and she views herself as a surrogate parent for the kids.
“They belong to the mom and daddy when they’ve got them, but when they are here, they are mine,” Keen said.
A special-needs student in Michigan attacks a boy with autism twice, leaving a scar on his cheek, video shows. The boy’s parents say they were not initially told about the incident.
The New York driver reportedly questions the mother’s identification and does not allow the boy to leave the bus.
A nonverbal, 7-year-old boy in Pennsylvania falls asleep and is left on the van. He leaves the van and wanders to a roadway, where two women find him.
Monica Burke of Colorado pleads guilty to assaulting the 20-year-old, who is nonverbal. She is sentenced to 20 months in jail, five years of probation, and 360 hours of community service.
The Michigan teen gets out of his harness, leaves the bus through the emergency door, and walks down the freeway, but is unharmed.
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Video reportedly shows that the Connecticut driver did not conduct a child check and left a 6-year-old alone on the bus. He is charged with risk of injury to a minor and second-degree reckless endangerment.
The 16-year-old Kentucky student throws himself out of the front door and is killed when he hits the pavement. The driver was not at fault, police say.
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