Maintenance Worker Finds Special Needs Boy Left On N.J. School Bus

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police are investigating how a 4-year-old special needs boy was left on a school bus for as long as five hours before being discovered by a maintenance worker Wednesday afternoon.

Police spokesman Stan Eason said the boy was picked up from his home around 8 a.m. on Wednesday and was found, still on the bus, about 1 p.m. in the maintenance yard of the Atlantic Express Bus Company.

Eason says the boy was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution but did not seem to be seriously injured.

The boy was headed to a summer program for special needs students.

Eason says police investigating how the bus driver and an aide on the bus overlooked the boy and whether criminal charges are warranted.

A spokeswoman for Atlantic Express says the bus driver and driver’s aide have been fired.

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  • Robert Senn

    parents should take the responcibility to ride the busses with there children its not the state city ore bus co responcibility stop all bussing save money

    • eab

      Robert Senn, you are an idiot. It’s obvious that you never rode a school bus and may not have ever gone to school at all.

  • Bronxgirl

    You read about this stuff happening time and time again. How does it happen to overlook a child left on a bus, especially in sweltering or freezing weather? Does not the driver and/or aide check the bus from front to back before leaving the vehicle? It’s absolutely mind boggling. Luckily there have been no deaths to date; but it’s bound to happen. These organizations are going to have to tighten up their security procedures and re-educate the idiots they’ve hired to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Maybe surveillance cameras should be installed on these buses so authorities could investigate exactly how something like this could possibly happen. It’s not brain surgery – just good old common sense.

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