Kids left behind by bus driver ‘an isolated case’
A Transport and Main Roads investigation has revealed an “isolated incident” of a high school student in the Douglas region being left behind by his school bus.
In a separate incident, a concerned parent told the Gazette her son was almost left behind because he forgot his bus pass.
“My son lives in Newell Beach and has Newell on his bus card, but sometimes he comes to stay with me in Port,” she said.
“He got on the bus to come to my house and was asked for $5 but he did not have the money and was told to get off the bus.
“The bus driver said, ’It’s not my problem’.”
A teacher supposedly overheard what was happening and gave the student money from the school office to get on the bus to get home.
“I did see two children taken off the bus and I asked them where they were going and they said home because they weren’t allowed on the bus,” the concerned parent said.
“They had forgotten their bus cards but they were in school uniform.
“With what happened to Daniel Morcombe, for parents it brings it all into reality and some of these kids might not have parents at home - it’s a duty of care issue.”
A Transport spokesperson said the incident where one male secondary student was left behind is an isolated event and no other students in the Douglas region have been affected.
“An investigation into an allegation that a student was left behind confirmed an isolated incident in the Douglas region,” the spokesperson said.
“The bus driver concerned refused the student travel because he could not produce his bus pass.
“This refusal was contrary to the provisions of the department’s Code of Conduct for students travelling on school buses.”
The driver has undergone further training in driver responsibilities under the code and all drivers in the bus company have been reminded of their obligations while driving school buses.
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