A Winfield mother is angry after her three year old was left unattended on a school bus for more than half an hour.
It happened Thursday afternoon. The little boy was supposed to be dropped off at school but ended up alone on the bus, at the USD 465 bus barn.
Twice a week, Sammy Roan goes to Webster Early Learning Center for speech therapy. His mom Suzan works. Her roommate looks after Sammy but doesn't have a car, so Sammy takes the bus.
“This particular day she said that he got on with the monitor and she sat him behind her,” Suzan Roan said.
Roan says usually the bus drops all the kids off at Webster by noon. But just after 12:30 Thursday afternoon, Sammy's teacher called roan's roommate looking for the three year old.
“(She said) Is Sammy OK? Where's Sammy at he's not at school,” Roan said.
Roan says about 15 minutes after that first phone call, they found Sammy but he wasn't at school. He was at the school district's bus barn. Turns out, he never got off the bus.
“Unattended, I would say a good, 30 to 45 minutes. When you get to the bus barn why wouldn't you exit the bus without doing a sweep make sure there's no backpacks make sure there's no children,” Roan said.
Roan says she called USD 465 and asked for a letter of apology from the bus driver and monitor. Instead, she says she got a letter from the superintendent.
The letter apologizes for the incident and goes on the say the driver and bus monitor have received disciplinary action. It also says in the future any employee responsible for leaving a child in a district vehicle will be fired immediately.
We spoke with Winfield's superintendent by phone. He declined an interview but said they have resolved the matter and would not expect anything like this to happen again.
Roan says to make sure it doesn't happen to her child again, she bought a second car so her roommate can drive Sammy to school from now on.
“So I’ll take the extra car payment and know that my child is safe,” Roan said.