Education

April 17, 2014

Driver, aide who left child on bus no longer Lexington 1 employees

Two people responsible for leaving an elementary school student on a bus for six hours last month are no longer employed by Lexington 1.

Two people responsible for leaving an elementary school student on a bus for six hours last month are no longer employed by Lexington 1.

Mary Beth Hill, spokeswoman for the district, said this week that two employees – a bus driver and an aide – are “no longer employed.” Hill was unable to say whether the employees were fired or resigned.

Following a morning route from homes to school on March 19, the bus was parked and left around 7:30 a.m. at Pelion High School – apparently with the child on board. The child was not discovered until six hours later, when the driver returned to begin the afternoon bus route at 1:30 p.m.

Officials have been tight-lipped about the incident since, never providing details about the child – including the age or school the child attended – or the district’s investigation into how the child could have been left on the bus.

On March 27, The State filed a Freedom of Information Act request for video from the school bus and any report or paperwork filed in the aftermath of May 19 incident.

Hill responded on April 3 that the district was “working on the information.” On April 9, Hill told The State there no video camera on the bus because it was a substitute bus.

This week, Hill responded: “I don’t have any documents yet. I have asked. The district is not refusing to answer the questions but merely waiting on legal.”

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