Courtney Elder was on his way to Renaissance Middle School in Fairburn when he fell asleep en route, only waking when both the other passengers and bus driver had already disembarked. Alone and scared, the youngster says that he had become cold causing him to have to pull his hands into his sleeves in order to keep warm.
School administrators were unaware of Elder’s predicament and called Loretta Jenkins, the boy’s grandmother, at 11:15 am as staff members were under the impression that his absence had simply been unreported by his family. However after the call, Jenkins was left wondering about the whereabouts of her grandson due to having put him on the bus herself earlier that day.
Elder eventually got off the bus and was found by a transport worker who called his grandmother at home. Although relieved by the positive turn events, Jenkins believes that the driver was at fault for not checking the bus before exiting it in order to ensure that there weren’t any students left onboard. School officials, in turn, have revealed that they have terminated the employee responsible for the incident.
Source:y Amy Napier Viteri on the WSB-TV news website: Driver fired for leaving student with autism alone on school bus