The 11-year-old girl is left on the bus during a heat wave after a bus driver reportedly fails to complete a child check. She is found uninjured in the back of the bus up to two hours later.
The 10-year-old student is found in the bus yard of a Louisiana school district after having reportedly fallen asleep on the bus. The driver and aide are arrested.
Armando Ramirez of California is sentenced to two years in prison for leaving Paul Lee, who had autism and was nonverbal, alone on a bus on a hot summer day for several hours.
News that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website in 2016 covered fatal crashes, a driver protest, and a bus facility fire.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 1072, also known as the “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law,” which will require all school buses in the state to be equipped with child-check reminder alarm systems and for bus drivers to be trained on those systems.
In Nebraska, police investigate a report of a boy who was not dropped off at home after school. They find the 5-year-old unattended in a school van.
Tiffeny Beatrice Avery of California is charged with one count of felony child abuse for allegedly leaving a preschool student alone on a bus for an hour.
Lawmakers approve SB 1072, which would require school buses in the state to be equipped with child-check alarms. Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 30 to act on the bill.
A school bus driver and attendant allegedly left a 13-year-old boy on their bus twice, but the charges against them were ultimately dropped. The attendant says the boy “intentionally hid.” But is that a valid excuse?
The state attorney says the facts in the case against the Florida driver and attendant who left the same student on the bus twice “do not rise to the level of felony neglect of a child.”
A second-grade boy in Washington, D.C., is left on his bus in the morning in nearly 90-degree heat. He pries open the bus doors to get out, and a passerby finds him and takes him to school.
A Montana school bus driver leaves a 16-year-old student who has to wear a three-point harness, which she cannot remove by herself, on her school bus. The girl misses about three hours of school.
Armando Abel Ramirez pleaded not guilty to the felony count of dependent abuse causing death for the death of autistic student Hun Joon (Paul) Lee, who was left inside a hot school bus in California.