Courtesy of:  ABC15.com

LAVEEN, AZ - Video from inside a school bus shows just how long  a  4-year-old boy with special needs was left
alone
, and overlooked,  after being taken to school last week.

The surveillance footage was obtained Wednesday by ABC15, and it shows Floyd Smith left on the bus by himself for 11 minutes.

Jennifer Ponce said her son, Floyd Smith, got on the school bus around 11:30 a.m. April 22 to attend the preschool program at Laveen Elementary School.  The video shows the bus on the way to the bus school yard after it left Floyd's school. The 4-year-old fell asleep and never got off, overlooked by both the bus driver and bus aide.

After about six minutes of being left alone, Floyd can be seen in the video, poking his head around a seat and appearing confused.

"At one point, he gets up and looks around and is clearly bewildered by the fact he's alone on that bus," said  Rudy  Resendez Jr ., the family attorney.

After several more minutes, a third school worker can be seen entering the bus, spotting Floyd, but not getting the boy any help. Instead,  the employee walked to the back of the bus and continued working.

"T  his employee, unfortunately, did not remove him from the bus but went about his business of putting the car seats 
into the other seats in the bus," said Resendez.  About five minutes later, the worker got off the bus and went to  get another
employee to help the young boy.

"I  think it clearly shows more training is necessary," said Resendez.

“It’s hard to imagine that someone would leave a child on the bus for even a split second or forget about him,” said Ponce.

At 1 p.m., the school left Ponce a voicemail informing her that her son never  arrived to class, 30 minutes after class started. Around 1:26 p.m., she received a second voicemail saying her son had been found after being left on the school bus.

Ponce said her son is in special education for speech and other problems and unable to provide any answers himself.

In a statement, the school district spokesperson Karen Menge said:

We take the safety of our students very seriously. We immediately started a thorough investigation into this incident. 
The transportation employees involved were placed on administrative leave. All transportation employees have been reminded of their responsibilities and the requirement to follow all procedures without exception. 
 

We have and will continue to review our transportation procedures to ensure a safe delivery of our students. 
 
Menge told ABC15 the district policy states transportation workers are supposed to inspect the bus for any children before
workers get off.

Menge said the school district has approximately 2649 students in the district that are eligible to ride a bus

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Courtesy of:  Corey Rangel @ ABC15.com

LAVEEN, AZ - A 4-year-old boy with special needs was left alone on a school bus Monday afternoon after two different school employees on the bus overlooked the boy who had fallen asleep.

Jennifer Ponce said her son, Floyd Smith, got on the school bus around 11:30 a.m. Monday to attend the preschool program at Laveen Elementary  School. At 1 p.m., the school left her a voicemail informing her that her son never arrived to class, 30 minutes after class started.

Around 1:26 p.m., she received a second voicemail saying her son had been found after being left on the school bus. When she called looking for answers, Ponce said the school district didn’t know many details.

“I still don’t know how long he was on the bus,” said Ponce. “It’s hard to imagine someone that someone would leave a child on the bus for even a split second or forget about him,” said Ponce.

Ponce said her son is in special education for speech and other problems and unable to provide any answers himself.  Karen Menge, a spokesperson for Laveen Elementary School District, told ABC15  the district was still investigating how the bus driver and the bus aide missed the boy.

He was found on the bus at the district’s school bus yard, about 2 miles from the boy’s school, by a third employee. The boy was still strapped in his seat, similar to a car seat.

The high temperature in Phoenix on Monday reached 94 degrees.

After he was found, the boy was taken to class and his mother was called.

 “I feel like he was neglected. If this was me – if someone saw me get  out of the car to walk in to get gas or to walk in and grab something at the grocery store, my son would not be with me today. I would be in jail and he would be in CPS [Child Protective Services] custody,” said Ponce.

Menge said it’s still not clear how long the boy was left alone.  “Every procedure and protocol we are revisiting just to make sure that everything is being followed and also to see if there any changes that need to be made,” said Menge.

Menge said she was not sure if there was surveillance video on the bus.  She also did not know if the bus driver or student aide had been disciplined or if they were back at work.

The Department of Public Safety told ABC15 it’s investigating the incident to  determine if any action should be taken regarding the driver's license to operate a bus.  While Ponce waits for answers, she said it’s hard to imagine what could have happened to her son if he hadn’t been found sooner.

“I don’t want to think about it. Something really could have happened to him.  He could have wandered off the bus, got ran over or God forbid he could have died inside that bus,"  said a tearful Ponce.

Ponce said she planned to meet with the school district on Wednesday morning to get more details about what happened.

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And these are ONLY those that have been reported to the media and/or searchable via Google Online. 
Could there be MORE incidents unreported?

What is YOUR local school system doing to prevent this from happening?

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Courtesy of:  Tom George @ 13WMAZ.com

Part of this mother's daily routine quickly turned terrifying.

"My heart dropped to my knees," Tijwanna Robinson says. "My heart was in my hand, I was very scared."

On Monday, the school bus that normally carries Tijwanna's 2nd grade daughter instead arrived at their Twiggs County home without her.  "I thought that my daughter was abducted, kidnapped, raped," she said. "Anything could have happened to my daughter at the time."

Tiatianna Robinson is a special needs student at Jeffersonville Elementary School in Twiggs County.

She used the bathroom after school Monday and missed the bus that goes to her home in Dry Branch.  But Tijwanna says she didn't get a call from school officials.  Instead, she says a teacher put her daughter on a different bus, even though the driver told the teacher it was the wrong bus.

A special needs student, Titatianna wasn't able to tell the school bus driver where she lives.

Titatianna's parents had to call the school to track their daughter down. "Didn't have no courtesy call, didn't no one call us, didn't no one tell us anything about our child," Robinson said.

Tiatianna says the incident made her feel "scared" and "unhappy" because she was put on the bus without her brothers and cousins. Twiggs County Schools have declined to comment on the incident, and say it's under investigation. 


Robinson told 13WMAZ the superintendent is looking into it and called it a
"horrific experience."





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