CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Roughly a month into the school year, there have already been three cases of children being left on Charlotte-Mecklenburg school buses.
The most recent case occurred Monday, when twin 4-year-old preschool students were left on a bus at the bus depot.
Those two students are okay, however, the bus driver who left them on the bus was still fired for violating policy.
“It’s inexcusable,” says Joseph McAllister, director of transportation operations for the central zone. “It should not have happened and you can’t justify it. We won’t try to sugarcoat it and say, ‘yeah, well this happened.’ We’re not going to do that at all. It simply shouldn’t have happened.”
McAllister says their policy requires the driver to get up and walk to the back of the bus after every route. If the policy isn’t followed then the driver could be fired.
McAllister says the policy won’t be changed.