Saturday, August 20, 2011

student with Down syndrome left on bus for 5 hours

Some south suburban officials are calling for the removal of a bus driver who allegedly left a student with Down syndrome on a school bus Tuesday for five hours.

The 19-year-old female student on the Alpha School Bus Co. vehicle was discovered when the bus returned about 1:30 p.m. to a Crestwood terminal.

The student was supposed to arrive at a transition program operated by the Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education in Orland Park, school officials said.
The student had apparently drifted to sleep, a relative said.

The student’s grandmother and officials of the Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association and Bremen Community High School District officials want the bus driver removed.

State law requires school bus drivers to walk to the rear of the bus and make a visual sweep, checking for passengers after each route to prevent such incidents.

Crestwood police said the matter still is under investigation.

Bus officials could not be reached for comment.

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