Family furious after 4-year-old left on school bus
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida boy never made it to school after he was left on a school bus.
Four-year-old Tyrese has a big smile now, but he wasn't smiling Monday. "I was lost on the bus," he said.
The Margate Elementary student was left on board his Broward County School bus after all the other children had been dropped off at class. He would end up on board for about four hours. "I was lost, and then the man had saw me," said Tyrese.
Tyrese was able to open the doors to the bus after it was parked at the transportation terminal in Pompano Beach and get the attention of a worker.
The 4-year-old was given water, and his mom got the call not long after. "I just thank God I didn't get a call saying it was tragic," said Tyrese's mother Alicia Alston. "He is 4, being on the bus himself, I can't even imagine how he felt and what he was going through, but I know it wasn't nice."
Tyrese's family believes he fell asleep on the way to school. The family blames the driver and the bus aide for not sweeping the bus to make sure he was not left behind. "They did not give the bus a sweep or walk. They know children are children," said Alston. "It is early in the morning, just check and see. This has happened before, but thank God it wasn't a gruesome scene there."
Tyrese is back riding the bus to school, but his family says their trust has been lost. "Broward County Schools, we are trusting them with our children to get them to school, and home safely. That didn't happen," said Alston. "They were negligent in leaving him on a hot bus."
Broward County Public Schools released a statement: "Immediate actions were taken by Transportation administrators to remove the bus driver and attendant from their duties pending the outcome of a District investigation. Both employees are currently reassigned."
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