After a four-year-old boy was left stranded inside a school bus for five hours Tuesday, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in D.C. promised "swift and decisive action" would be taken. On Tuesday night, the office announced both the bus driver and an attendant have been fired. There is no word yet whether they may face any legal charges.
Officials say the special needs student was picked up from his home at 7:35 a.m. The bus traveled to his school, Walker Jones Education Center in Northwest, but the little boy did not get off.
The bus returned to the terminal along Blue Plains Drive in Southwest D.C. at 8:52 a.m. The driver and attendant got off, but did not realize the child was still on board. He had apparently fallen asleep.
It wasn't until the employees were boarding the bus for their afternoon route at about 2:05 p.m. that they noticed the boy still seated in his booster seat. The office immediately called his mother and EMS. A spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS says the four-year-old was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but he did not show any signs of trauma or hypothermia.
The Office of the State Superintendent's Department of Transportation released a statement saying it "has protocols in place to ensure the safe transportation of students with special-needs and is investigating how this apparent breach in protocol occurred."