Autistic Boy Left Alone On L.I. School Bus

CARLE PLACE, NY (CBSNewYork) – The grandfather of 6-year-old Sean Feldt was nearly brought to tears as he told of how his grandson, the love of his life, was left strapped in a car seat in the back of a mini school bus, by himself, for at least 15 minutes in the bus depot.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Sean is not only young, but he is also autistic.

“Pure terror, pure terror. Indescribable,” said David Feldt.

“How is he doing?” asked WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

“He’s doing fine. It doesn’t seem to have affected him much. I understand he slept through it call,” said David.

He said he would eventually allow Sean back on the bus, but the shock has to wear off first.

Sean’s mother Crystal began to shake as she said how scared she was when she got the call from the school.

“My heart jumped out of my chest,” she said. “I was like in too much shock to cry at that point.”

She says a guardian angel must have been watching over her son to make sure he was alright.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

The Carle Place school district’s superintendent said he is very thankful Sean is okay and he is doing a full investigation.

The bus company, Pierce Coach Lines in Roslyn, did not return call for comment.

  • Deborah Jeffries

    I feel that NY should have a parade for autistic children, not those pesky football players!

  • KL

    Steven, I used to drive school bus, just a regular old school bus, and it ws part of our post trip work to WALK to the back of the bus and back up to the front again…not so much to check for forgotten children, but to make sure no one left something behind, or spilled something that will spoil…there are a MILLION reasons for doing this…it seems to me that someone is NOT doing their job and needs to be fired!

  • renee

    Im horrified to hear that drivers and carers of children with disabilities can be so absent minded as to forget their duty of care. No wonder people , carers, parents do the hard yards as many others drop the ball just as in this case and someone innocent suffers. WAKE UP!!!!!!

  • Trauma Newell

    This is so frustrating for parents when the bus is late with our child. This goes through my mind all the time, Where is my child? I have the cell phone numbers of the Bus Driver and the Aide on the Bus, so if they are just five minutes late, I’m calling them right away.

    • Next Question?


      Staple yourself to your child: problem solved!

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  • Steven

    These incidents drive me nuts. How hard is it for the driver or assistant to walk up and down the damn aisle and make sure everyone is off the bus. There is one aisle maybe 7 rows long – why is this so hard.

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