Lawsuit: New Mexico school left boy, 3, on bus for 5 hours
Aug. 23, 2018
ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico family is suing a school district after parents say their 3-year-old son was left on a school bus for five hours.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the lawsuit recently filed in state district court says a bus driver failed to spot a Los Ninos Kindergarten Center student who fell asleep. Instead, the driver drove the bus home and locked the door in late May 2017.
The complaint says the boy woke up, found himself without food and water on a hot bus and couldn't open the door to get out.
Espanola Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Denise Johnston says the bus driver had a "perfect record" but was "not used to the little ones."
Officials say the driver was put on leave then retired in December.
The family is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com