There has been another incident where a student was left stranded on a school bus. See New York Daily News story here. See our post where a handicapped student was left overnight in the bus yard and almost froze to death here.
If your child has been injured in a school bus incident, please call me at 800-581-1434.
In this latest incident, a 7 year old boy was left stranded and crying on the bus. He was asleep, and the driver and matron parked the bus about 5 blocks from the school. They left him. A good Samaritan spotted the crying child. The bus driver and matron have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Fortunately, the child was left alone for only 20 minutes, and he sustained no bodily injury.
Believe it or not, this has been the third incident of abandonment in the last few months.
The bus company has the obligation to exercise the same care as a parent when it takes charge of a child. The bus driver or the matron or both are responsible for the child’s safety.
The bus company’s responsibilities include:
- making sure that the child enters the bus safely, such as using flashing lights to stop traffic;
- safely transporting the children and keeping order in the bus; that means that the children must stay in their seats; the bus matron has to exercise the same order and control as a school teacher;
- bringing the children to the school and having them met by a school teacher or aide; the bus cannot just let-off the children 2 blocks from the school or leave-off the children to a locked schoolhouse; the bus driver and matron must make sure that there is someone to meet the children at the school; and
- safely transporting the children back home to either a parent or a guardian; again, the bus cannot just drop-off the child at any street corner.
If your child has been injured when taking a school bus, please call me for a free consultation at 800-581-1434.
Mark E. Seitelman, 2/12/09, www.seitelman.com.