2 children left on North Dakota school bus

Posted on January 6, 2014

FARGO, N.D. — Two students were left unattended on a school bus last Thursday morning after the driver failed to check the vehicle before disembarking, Park Rapids Enterprise reports.

Fargo School District No. 1 Business Manager Broc Lietz told the newspaper that the driver left the bus running in the bus yard at Valley Bus Co. As the driver exited the bus, another driver saw a child looking out a window on the door of the bus and reported that to Valley Bus. That child was taken off the bus and transported to an elementary school. The second child was discovered in a search later on the same bus.

Lietz also said that an electronic child-check reminder system on the bus didn’t engage because the bus was still running. John McLaughlin, general manager of Valley Bus, told Park Rapids Enterprise that the incident was driver error by an experienced driver, and he said that the driver “should have done the walk-through.” McLaughlin also said that he is still considering what disciplinary actions to take with the driver, and the company is going to review the child-check procedures again with all drivers.

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Related Topics: North Dakota, post-trip child check

Comments ( 4 )
  • aaron tadewald

     | about 3 years ago

    Crazzy how this is just a situation of lawyers wanting to make money oviously the bus was running the driver probably left them there for a few minutes how come in the 70 s this was normal I remember my bus driver leave the bus running with all the kids on it and it was ok back then if the bus was parked permanently and locked it would be serious then but children of yesterday had more competent and less money hungry parents than today that love to get a hard worker fired if it was in my bus yard this wouldnt have been such a huge deal if the driver left it running for a few minutes what's the big deal

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