Family furious 4-year-old did not arrive at school, remained on school bus
Boy's family say he was left on school bus
DENVER — 4-year-old Devon is no stranger to car rides. In his parents’ car, he knows to get in, and get buckled in. It’s the same thing he does when he gets on the bus to head to Doull Elementary.
“He has speech problems, he can’t really talk very well,” said his father, Michael Nase.
Devon attends special classes for half a day, but Tuesday he barely made it to school before it let out.
“Devon did not arrive to school until 10:35 and school lets out at 11:45,” said his mother, Christina Ramirez.
It was then Ramirez learned her son went on a ride across town with the bus driver, who said Devon was acting up.
“He had told the teacher that he unbuckled himself and hid under the seat, and he did not know that he was on the bus,” said Ramirez.
Fox31 asked Denver Public Schools to see surveillance video from the bus. We can’t show it to you, but the video shows Devon was in his seat, buckled in and visible to the driver the entire time.
“I don’t know if he was abused, or if he was crying, or what happened,” Ramirez said.
The district released this statement:
“The incident is currently being investigated. It appears there was a communication breakdown when the bus initially arrived at the school as to who was going to escort the student from the bus into the school. The student was in the care of the bus driver and safe for the entire ride on the bus. We sincerely regret that this occurred and have apologized to the family for the extended time the student had to spend on the bus and for the delay in the communication to them about the situation.”
Christina Ramirez is happy her son is safe, but she believes bus drivers, especially those dealing with children with special needs, need to be better prepared.
“They need to be more careful and thorough with what they’re doing and they need to follow their procedures properly and make sure their bus drivers and aides know what they’re doing before they get on that bus,” she said.
A DPS spokesperson tells Fox31 the bus driver is on administrative leave. The driver does not have any prior complaints against him.