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Charges requested against driver who allegedly left student on bus
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is requesting charges against a Kalamazoo Public Schools bus driver who is accused of leaving a kindergartener on the bus earlier this month.
At this time, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein says they will be reviewing the case.
Newschannel 3 was the first to break the story after it happened on September 3rd.
Mother Jacqueline King said her daughter Mya 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.
King says she called the districts transportation office, and that 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.
As of Thursday, September 5, a spokesperson confirmed that the driver was no longer with KPS, but declined to specify the terms of the driver's departure.
The requests were initially sent back to KDPS, requesting copies of videos and further interviews be done, but with those now in-hand, the prosecutor's office will be reviewing the case.
We'll let you know what they decide.
In the meantime, King says she is working with the school to help Mya feel safe again.