School bus driver suspended after leaving first-grader on bus for eight hours, report says

A school bus driver in Missouri was suspended after stranding a first grader on a school bus for eight hours by collision Tuesday, Fox 2 Now reported.

Elisha Foster, the mother of the 6-year-old Flynn Park Elementary School student, told the outlet that every day, she fell off and picked up her son from the bus stop. However on Tuesday, she said she learned that not only was her son not on the bus, but he also was marked absent from school that day. She told the outlet that she “started panicking” and reported him missing.

The University City School District told Fox 2 Now that the child fell asleep after getting on the bus that morning and didn’t get off with the other students. The driver reportedly didn’t see that he was still there.

In a statement to the outlet, the district said its “transportation provider, Missouri Central School Bus Company, has security procedures in place to guard against this type of situation.”

“However, it appears that those procedures were not followed, ” the statement said. “The sleeping student was not watched by the driver and was unwittingly transported back to the bus terminal.”

The unidentified driver was suspended, according to the report. School district officials said they are investigating the incident and is currently considering policies regarding safety and security.

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