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5-year-old left on Youngstown school bus

Published: Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 6:25 a.m.


A substitute bus driver left a 5-year-old boy on the school bus this week after the child had fallen asleep.

Grace Evans said she received a call from her worried daughter Tuesday evening, when Evans’ grandson didn’t come home from school.

Bresean Black, who is in kindergarten at Martin Luther King Elementary School, had fallen asleep on the school bus, Evans said.

When he awoke, he got out of the bus and was found by another bus driver, she said.

“He was scared,” Evans said, but not injured.

Superintendent Wendy Webb said the driver was a substitute and he has been disciplined.

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1baby_blues925(1 comment)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Really maybe the bus drivers subsitute or not should hold some responsibilty!!! This poor cchild is 5 and was left on a bus.... Really?!?!?! Youngstown Buses and drivers are a Joke!!!!

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2sickntired(13 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

wow the bus driver is to check the bus and make sure its clear of any children so mess like this wont happen, rather your a sub or not you know better than this

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3sickntired(13 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

im so happy i do not have a child in Youngstown city schools

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Totally unacceptable

Thank god the tyke is safe and where I don't believe malice or intent was involved. This is totally unacceptable and such an even is extremely disturbing.

Granted as a sub driver there is the fact of the driver not being familiar with all childrens exit locations.

However, that sub driver has to be fired for not performing a paramount duty of assuring all children on the bus were clear before parking the vehicle.

This could have been tragic and there's no question of the culpability where the gross negligence was cause.

Not to vilify the driver but it's just fact that not all people are fit for all capacities / jobs. For which clearly it's been reflectively displayed in that event.

Bottom line is child safety is so paramount this isn't anything to be addressed by mere reprimand.

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5Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

This is news?
I've got news for gossip vultures. This happens in districts all over Ohio and the country.
It doesn't become a news story.
It happened to my child in one of the exemplary school districts in Ohio (in Hamilton County).
He was sleeping on the bus, missed our stop, ended up at the bus garage, we found him.
No news story. No big deal.

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6Tony1(53 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

@Education Voter,I disagree it is a big deal,the child wasn't found on the bus.He was found walking around in the bus lot,THANK God,HE WASN'T HURT.

Maybe where you live,you don't have high standards for the safety of a 5 year old.

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7foxyglo(372 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The kids are young, tired and sleepy after a long day, @ the end of your last drop off, get off your lazy asses and check all the seats for tired , sleepy children. thats ur job

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8captainlinger(663 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

the driver should be riding on the short bus.

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9southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Whatever happened to the driver walking through the bus and checking to ensure no children are still present?

No accountability.

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10Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

@ Education_Voter

Here's the deal

First and foremost news is relevant events of public notice and awareness. Hence this IS news and your effort to discount it is futile.

Secondly if such happens without notice or publication " routinely " then that area is anything but exemplary,.. it's the WORST !!!

Lastly for you to allege " no big deal " and even cite such as no alarm for your own child to have been so affected and endangered by negligence.

Signals you absolutely don't need to be tasked as a parent nor tasked to be in charge of anything with regard to anything or anyone's safety, support or well being.

To include that student transit system for which you speak of that things like this to occur with frequency. Is worst than any law of responsible decency would allow.

See contrast here is just like that's not even my or other genuinely concerned peoples child. Nor is the child you proclaim to have yourself that supposed to have endured a similar ordeal.

But it's without question we care and demand more for their safety than you do. Which that's not anything I or others need to apologize for,.. But it's damn well something YOU should

To conclude may god and good people as employees and community citizens look out for these children { as well as yours }. Because it's clear as day that those like you aren't yet fit to be deemed so responsible.

How DARE you take light of a duty of ensuring the safety of ANY child's accountability. Be so shirked off as to so absurdly contend it insignificant?,.. YOU'RE A DISGRACE.

See this speaks to an even larger issue that plagues society. Where just like you so irresponsibly feel that way you do the problem is you're not alone.

See because individuals like you not only do mindless things like this as employees that endanger the children. But possibly even more dysfunctionally is people like you are what some children have at home posing as protective parents.

The end result is their safety is a nonchalant tossup and they accept that their fate is so vulnerable. That youth take to resigning to adaptive measures where they take chances of making their own choices.

Which are disproportionately wrong or bad in manner and logic. Then it creates a climate of a decreased sense of compassion, responsibility, awareness and accountability.

To the degree that not only does various levels of menial crimes proliferate. But even views like yours are attempted to be acceptable.

By all means take issue and or exception with my redress if you'd like. But I'm not lying, I don't agree with you nor will I ever resort to any degree of accepting. Any variance of the absolute negligence of your posture, views or pretense as anyway acceptable.

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11Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

If I did not have to work, my child would not have been on a bus at that age. And of course, when the babysitter said he did not get off of the bus, I was frightened. I was worried that he had exited at the wrong stop. So I had the babysitter call the bus garage, and I left work and drove the bus route.

So it was scary. My point is that this happens. If there is someone ready to meet the little tyke after school, the best policy is too call the bus garage and say that he did not get off at his stop. The bus garage will check with the school and with the bus driver (by radio). Or call the school. They will contact the garage and the bus.

I didn't feel the need to act as if the driver should be punished, or that it reflected on the school system.

I felt that I, I should have been at school to pick him up. Since I had decided there was a greater good to earning a living, I appreciated the efforts of the school employees.

And like I said, it was not news. Not in a town like Cincinnati and suburbs.
We must be getting really small.

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12Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

1. They are mandatory. As the story states, this was a new substitute driver.

2. Cameras are already in use, and have been for a long time. Parents shown their children's behavior are usually unfazed, although school employees are shocked.

3. Children must walk within 1 mile in most cases, except where the streets have dangerous traffic, etc. However, the city must transport by Ohio law, children who choose whatever charter or parochial school.

4. Matthew Spain's misbehavior took place on outsourced busing, a private company named "Community Busing.

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13Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Just one more thing about my experience, when my babysitter called the bus garage, the busdriver had just parked. He walked back and found my little one sleeping on a seat.

Maybe I am assuming too much by suggesting that someone would be looking for this child before "he froze to death."

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14mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Another case of someone not doing their job. Regular or sub bus driver-----it doesn't matter he/she knows the rules (or should know the rules). The new superintendant has no idea what he is in for. Thank God that this child was not hurt.

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15Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why doesn't the WRTA do it they already have the drivers and buses many of them empty half the time

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16Education_Voter(1173 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Actually, it is very difficult to drive with children.
If a teacher stands at the bus stop with 5 children, the bus will let them on. If the teacher stands at the bus stop with 20 children, the bus will not let them ride even with a teacher or two, even if they are going only a mile.
School bus drivers transport 50 children at a time, sometimes more, with no other adult aboard.

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