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Bus driver accused of leaving girl in bus for Wendy’s visit no longer with school district
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan mom continues to look for answers after her 5-year-old daughter was left on a school bus, while the driver went into a Wendys restaurant.
She spoke with Newschannel 3 just as new information about the drivers employment has been released.
It happened Tuesday, the first day of school for the girl.
But the mom still hasn't heard anything back from the Kalamazoo School District.
It's very frustrating, very frustrating, said the girls mother, Jacqueline King.
On Tuesday, King said her daughter came home from her first day of kindergarten an hour and a half late.
Mya was just crying and said, he went to Wendys and left her on the bus, King said.
She called the districts transportation office.
King said a man at the office told her after reviewing surveillance footage that Mya was right, and the driver left her daughter in the front seat of the bus with the door wide open while he went into the restaurant.
I called today and they said the manager wasn't in. They took my name and number down again. I feel like transportation is ignoring me for some reason, King said.
She has plenty of questions for the district, like what else did the video show, why was the driver at Wendys and what's going to happen to him?
I spoke to the school principal today, he said that he knows the bus driver is not driving the bus anymore so Im not sure if he's suspended or fire. He should be fired and I hope he can get jail time because that's child endangerment, King said.
Newschannel 3 went to the transportation office Thursday but was turned away, referred to district administration.
A spokesperson confirms the bus driver is no longer a driver with Kalamazoo Public Schools, but wouldnt say if he was fired or quit.
While all that's going on, King is working with the school, to help Mya feel safe again.
Her teacher is actually going to ride the bus back home with her tomorrow. Im still kind of iffy about them getting on the bus. But I know not every driver is like that, King said.
King has also filed a police report.
Kalamazoo Public Safety says that report is still being processed.