CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) – A bus driver and bus monitor were suspended in Jan. after a parent says her 9-year-old disabled daughter was left on a school bus.
The school board met Feb. 4 and the driver and monitor are no longer employed with the school system, according to Columbus County Superintendent Alan Faulk.
To raise awareness Faulk says they have a policy now where bus drivers have to put a green velcro sticker on the front window, when buses are parked at schools, showing they've checked to make sure no students are on there.
According to Shawanda Green, her 9-year-old daughter, who attends Chadbourn Elementary School, is partially blind and has a learning disability.
Green says she was on her way to work Thursday morning when the Principal of Chadbourn Elementary called her and asked her to come to the school.
When she arrived, Green was reportedly told that a maintenance worker had found her daughter sitting on the bus at Chadbourn Middle School, crying.
Green says her daughter was on the bus, specifically for disabled students, at 7:13 a.m., and she received the call after 10 a.m.
She says that because there were two adults on the bus, a driver and a monitor, she doesn't understand how her daughter was left on board, adding that given the cold weather, anything could have happened to her daughter.
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