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Fired employees could face charges for leaving special needs student on school bus

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Two employees have been fired and could face criminal charges after leaving a four-year-old boy on a school bus for five hours Tuesday.

The special needs student was picked up from home, but never taken off the bus at school, or later at the bus lot. It wasn't until the driver and bus attendant got back on the bus for their afternoon route that the boy was discovered.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was upset about the incident and talked about it at a press conference Wednesday morning.

"There is no acceptable reason for this to happen, and the people who were responsible for this were fired," Gray said.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education said the driver and attendant admitted to disabling a safety button in the rear of the bus. That button was designed specifically to help avoid leaving children on the bus.

The matter has been turned over to the Office of D.C.'s Attorney General for review. At this point, it is still hasn't been determined if charges will be filed against the driver and attendant.

Officials say the boy was evaluated by a medical team and is doing fine.


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