Monday, February 9, 2015

Child Left Behind on Bus Friday

A 3 year old child was left on Schuylkill Transportation System School Bus Friday instead of being dropped off at school.

Ashley Gould's 3 year old son attends Child Development, Duncott Center, near Minersville.  On Friday, she sent her son on his way to school via a STS school bus along with the other students who attend the school.

Around 11:30am, Gould visited her son's school to volunteer her time.  She assisted at the school for an hour and a half and then proceeded to leave around 1:00pm.  But before she could leave, she was pulled aside by the school supervisor.

The director informed Gould that her son had been left on the bus Friday morning after the other students were dropped off.  According to Gould, the supervisor informed her that, around 9:00am, a head count was done on the bus, then getting off the bus, then one last head count in the school.  It was during the school's last head count, they realized Gould's son was missing.

The child was then reported missing, but never informed Gould.

According to Gould, the school contacted the STS facility in St. Clair where the bus would have been headed.  The supervisor reportedly found the driver getting off the bus.  The supervisor then found the child in the bus unbuckled.  The child was then transported back to the Duncott school.

At the time of writing this article, we have not received comments from the school or STS.

We will update this story as more information is available.

8 comments:

  1. It would be nice if the person that wrote this article would specify that the STS buses ARE in fact school buses that are used specially for child development and all buses have child restraints in the seats. It's very misleading if you're not aware.

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    1. Exactly and if he was unbuckled already why didn't he get off the bus with the other kids? Why was he hiding?

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  2. I WOULD THINK THE IMPORTANT THING IS "HOW" COULD THIS CHILD BE LEFT ON THE BUS ALONE WITH AN ADULT...THE CHILD COULD HAVE BEEN ABUSED OR TAKEN......SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE FIRED AND SCHOOL ADM. NEED TO BE FIRED FOR NOT LETTING THE MOTHER KNOW ASAP.....INEXCUSABLE!

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  3. The kid was unbuckled and it wasn't his first time on the SCHOOL BUS! Let's consider that this 3 Y/O BOY was throwing a fit and didn't want to go to school, so maybe he hid when the rest of the kids were exiting the school bus. The boy was unharmed but immediately people want to assume the worst because their child could never possibly do anything wrong. Yes, it was a very scary situation for the parents and everyone involved but perhaps talking to the child in a gentle manner instead of screaming or yelling, the child might learn to tell the truth.

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    1. Wow. This bus driver needs to be fired for pure lazyness! Those kids are the bus drivers responsibility!

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    2. DISAGREE!!!! The responsibility lies with Child Development. That staff member is responsible for the children in their care!!! Upon belief that all had exited the bus, the staff member should have done another " head count" to be sure all were accounted for BEFORE the bus pulled away! The bus driver definetly should have checked the bus before exiting however if anyone should be fired its the Child Development staff. This is NOT the first time a child has gone missing within Child Development. So glad this incident has not gone hush hush!!

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  4. This is my cousin and he fell asleep on the his and they forgot him. He did nothing wrong The person above me needs to keep there comments to themselfs.

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