Special Needs Transportation

School Bus Driver, Aide Accused of Leaving Special-Needs Student on Bus

Posted on April 28, 2017

MONROE, La. — A school bus driver and aide here have been arrested after a student with special needs was left on a bus, KTVE reports.

The arrest report states that on April 4 at about 11:32 a.m., police were called to the school bus yard of Monroe City Schools, according to the news source. Michael Felton, the manager of the transportation department, told police officers that a 10-year-old child with special needs who is epileptic was discovered in the parking lot of the bus yard, and that he had fallen asleep. Felton added that the bus the boy was riding was driven by Christopher Yates and that the bus aide was Vicky Hampton.

Hampton told officers that she knew the boy was on the bus when they arrived at the school, but that she was distracted while talking with a teacher and assumed that the child had exited the bus, according to KTVE. Yates told officers that he saw Hampton walk to the back of the bus while checking the seats. He added that he did not see any students on the bus, but that he did not check every seat or check under the seats, the news source reports. Yates also said that the boy had crawled under a seat in the past.

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Related Topics: aide/monitor, Louisiana, post-trip child check

Comments ( 3 )
  • Kevin Crone

     | about 8 months ago

    The child check is designed to activate either once the brake is depressed or once the 8 way lights are activated. The brake depression is the best, because when picking up special needs you often do door to door side walk pick ups which you don't activate your 8 ways for. In either case many companies also required the driver to place a sign in the back of the bus saying it is empty, forcing the driver to walk the bus. There is no excuse for a driver to leave a student on a bus. The fact that almost 75% of all child left on board events also have a monitor is appalling. You would think that two people would make it happen, but most often they both think the other did it and no one takes responsibility to ensure it is done

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