PERRY TOWNSHIP, IN—The student had fallen asleep. The driver didn't follow the school's protocol to do a safety check at Rosa Parks Edison Elementary where the child was supposed to get off.
"The bus driver did not follow MSD Perry Township protocol that requires inspection of the bus for students before leaving the school parking lot," said a Perry spokeswoman.
School administrators would not say how long the child was left on the bus. The driver realized the child was on the bus and drove the child back to the school unharmed. The driver resigned.
"They should be doing their jobs no doubt about that," said Deborah Lee who lives across from Rosa Parks elementary school.
Perry administrators are also looking into a January 8th incident involving a different bus driver who also may have failed to follow inspection procedures. Administrators wouldn't say if another child was left on the bus in that case as well.
Earlier this month, a Lafayette bus driver was fired for doing the same thing. The driver left an 8-year-old girl on the bus for more than an hour in a bus parking lot.
The second grader had been overlooked by the driver because she fell asleep and the driver didn't do a safety check during the bus ride home. The student got up and walked to a nearby Walgreens for help.