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Teen in wheelchair left on school bus


A teenager with a disability was left on a school bus all day long.

According to school officials, there are about 30 special needs students who attend Lakeview Woods State School. On Friday one student never made it inside. Instead, she was left on the school bus in the parking lot.

It is a situation that seems unimaginable, but state officials confirmed the 19-year-old disabled student who is in a wheelchair and cannot speak was left on her school bus on Friday. The bus, according to school officials, remained parked in the parking lot of the school all day long.

After school when the bus driver returned to the bus to take the students home, he or she found the girl.

According to those close to the situation, the teen had soiled herself and was dehydrated. Wednesday the teen's parents, who did not want to talk on camera yet, said their daughter's wheelchair had been unlatched but, beyond that, it appears she was simply forgotten.

The teen suffers from seizures and, without the chair restrained, she could have hit her head or seriously injured herself.

The parents were meeting with school officials Wednesday, but according to state officials, the school bus driver who works for First Student was immediately fired. An aide on the bus who worked for the school was also fired.

The incident was also reported to the child abuse hotline run by the Missouri Department of Social Services.

Officials with the state say the investigation is ongoing and further action could be taken.

The bus company, First Student, issued a written response, saying, "At First Student, the safety and security of the passengers we transport is our top priority, so this incident is something we take very seriously. We sincerely regret that this incident occurred, as well as the concern that it has caused parents, and we are thankful that the student was uninjured."

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