Special Needs Transportation

Student With Autism Reportedly Left on School Bus

Posted on January 5, 2018
A 3-year-old Indiana boy was reportedly left on his bus for nearly five hours. The substitute driver who was apparently involved was suspended while the incident is investigated. Photo by John Horton
A 3-year-old Indiana boy was reportedly left on his bus for nearly five hours. The substitute driver who was apparently involved was suspended while the incident is investigated. Photo by John Horton

WARSAW, Ind. — A three-year-old boy with autism was reportedly left on his bus for nearly five hours, WNDU reports.

Gloria Miller told the news source that on the morning of Dec. 20, she had assumed that a substitute bus driver took her son Dawson to his preschool, but that she received a phone call from the evening route bus driver, who told her that a teacher said that the boy never made it to school. Ten minutes later, Dawson was found asleep on the bus.

Miller told WNDU that Dawson was happy to see her, and was hungry and thirsty. She added that Warsaw Community Schools apologized for the incident and wants to make it up to the Millers. Miller also said that her son will go back to riding the bus when changes related to checking for children are made or when an aide can sit with him on the bus.  

A statement obtained by WNDU that the district released the morning after the incident occurred said that the proper procedure is for the bus driver to inspect the bus at the end of the route to make sure no students are still on the bus. The statement also said that the incident is being investigated and that the substitute driver who was reportedly involved in the incident has been suspended until the investigation is complete.

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Related Topics: Indiana, post-trip child check

Comments ( 4 )
  • Frank G

     | about 7 days ago

    It is way beyond me how ANY driver can leave a child on a bus ..... Period! We have 3 child checks that are mandatory here in TN. One is mechanical, Two are Zonar. A student with Autism would ride a Sped bus WITH a Monitor (Driver Aid) on board ..... How could two people miss a child?????

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