Driver for Greater Clark Schools accused of leaving fourth grader asleep on bus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bus driver for Greater Clark County Schools has been suspended after a 9-year-old child was left on a bus.

The fourth grader, who was supposed to have been dropped off at Jonathan Jennings Elementary school in Charlestown, was left behind for hours sleeping on a bus Thursday morning. 

We're told the driver didn't check every seat after the kids got off the bus as required. 

Greater Clark Schools Superintendent Andy Melin didn't mince words when he described how he felt about the situation.

"Anything could have happened in that circumstance, and that's unacceptable," he said, adding that, "it's extremely surprising, frustrating disappointing that this even happened."

The driver's wife found the child around 12:30 in the afternoon and started making calls to let everyone know she was safe. The fourth grader had been out sick the day before, so when she didn't make it to class on Thursday, it didn't raise red flags.

Still, Melin says the driver ignored his training and the district's safety protocols.

"They must check their bus before they leave the bus," he said. "That is a fundamental expectation of all bus drivers, not just in Greater Clark, but across the country."

The district is withholding the names of both the driver and the student. The driver has been suspended. 

"I believe that the driver has been negligent and has forfeited the opportunity to drive children in Greater Clark," Melin said.

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