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2/4/05-Longview

Child Left Sleeping On Pine Tree School Bus

A Longview mother is furious and outraged, after she is informed her 7 year old autistic on falls asleep on a school bus, and is not discovered for over 3 hours.

Ka'lly Collier says her son, 7-year-old Ronny was on the Pine Tree special needs school bus at 6:30 Thursday morning headed to special classes at the elementary school.

Only to have school officials tell her that he had fallen asleep on the bus. And hadn't been discovered until after 10:30 a.m.

"All this time my son was on that bus, he can't tell me he was cold can't tell me he was hungry, thirsty had to go to the bathroom none of that, he can't tell me any of that" says Collier.

What angers her most is that the two adults on the bus, the driver and aid, failed to notice Ronny was still there sleeping under his jacket.

"They should have seen and known that my child was back there and that's not right, I don't think that's right something is terribly wrong to where you do not know my child is back there" she says.

Ronny was left on the bus after every one was thought to be off, and the vehicle was taken to the nearby bus barn. Workers discovered him.

The district superintendent say two employees are on administrative leave over the incident.

"We had two people there, one was to get up and walk to the back of the bus then to the front, the other walk back to front, we should have had 2 people check, and obviously that did not happen" says Pine Tree superintendent Lynn Whitaker.

What frightens Collier most is that Ronny was alone, and she couldn't help him.

"Anything could have happened to my son, how many people speed through school zones when the lights not on, my son could have got out and walked off I still wouldn't be able to find my son today" says Collier.

"It's our responsibility to ensure that the kids get off the bus, and we failed" says Whitaker.

Collier says Ronny is safe and unharmed, but now is hesitant to get back on a bus.

The district is conducting their own internal investigation.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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