Special-needs student left on bus for six hours in Kern County bus yard

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Kern County Superintendent of Schools bus driver is in trouble after leaving a special-needs student inside a bus in extreme temperatures.

They KCSS held a press conference to address the matter Tuesday.

The 8-year old boy special needs boy was supposed to be dropped off Monday at San Lauren Elementary School, where he was enrolled in a day-program.

Officials think he may have fallen asleep on the bus, and the driver didn't see him.

Officials said the boy was left on the bus at the superintendent of schools bus yard on south Union Avenue for nearly six hours.

Temperatures yesterday reached 98 degrees.

Chris Hall, Assistant Superintendent of Transportation for the district said he was devastated when he heard what happened, and they are investigating what happened.

Hall said the district is thankful the boy was found unharmed.

Hall says an employee noticed someone on the busy shortly before 2 p.m.

When they found the student on the bus, he was reportedly sleeping.

The bus driver has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.


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