ROCK HILL, S.C. - A Rock Hill School bus driver has been suspended after leaving a student on the bus for more than two hours.
Rock Hill Police say a mother showed up to their lobby to make a complaint after getting a call from her child's school Wednesday.
She says administrators at Sunset Elementary notified her that her son had missed school. However, the mother told police her son got on the bus that morning.
The boy was found later that morning on a bus at the bus depot.
"If it was my kid, I would be very upset about it," said Jimmy Wiley. Wiley says he used to drive a bus for a daycare, so he understands the demands of the job. "You have a huge responsibility, driving a bus safe, making sure those kids are on and off."
A spokesperson for the Rock Hill School District says the driver checked the bus at the end of the route at 8:30 a.m., but did not see the boy. They say the boy admitted to falling asleep under the sea but woke up later at the depot lot.
Another driver found the boy around 10:30 a.m. when they arrived to do afternoon route checks. RHSD says the boy was returned to school and released to his mother's custody around 11 that morning. They also say he met with a nurse and was fine.
The school year ended Thursday, so it may be a while before the boy has to board another bus. But being forgotten on the bus may not be easy to forget.
"That's just really, really unthinkable for a child to through like that," said Wiley. "I know their parents have to be, I can't even imagine what they were feeling when they found out about it."
"I know it's going to be some consequences to pay for that."
Police say the parents did not press charges and wanted to file a complain to document the incident. From a criminal standpoint, the case administratively closed.
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