Severely autistic boy, 6, left abandoned on school bus all day

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"A severely autistic six-year-old boy was forgotten about and left alone on a school bus all day.

Brandon Presley has profound learning disabilities and travelled to school on a privately-operated council-funded minibus with his classmates in the morning.

But for some reason Brandon, who was strapped into a child seat, wasn’t taken off the bus when it arrived at his specialist school and the vehicle went back to its depot in Torbay, Devon.

It wasn’t until the driver returned at 2.30pm to begin the afternoon school run he discovered the shaken boy was still on-board.

‘He’s still in nappies so he had been sat there all day, strapped in, with no food, no water, in a big warehouse where they keep their buses.

Brandon doesn’t have the same vocabulary skills as many children of his age, and often can’t properly understand what is going on, or perceive danger.

He was picked up by a bus run by company Torbay Minibuses to travel to seven-mile journey to Mayfield School in Torquay.

His parents, who also have children Millie, four, and AJ, three, claim they were not contacted by the school to find out if Brandon was poorly.

It was only when he was dropped off back home his parents were told he had been trapped in his seat all day, and had been rediscovered at around 2.30pm.

His parents Anthony and Sophie claim that despite a council investigation, the driver is back at work."

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APS

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Surely the driver knows how many he picks up so it should be standard practice to count how many you drop at the school.
Also the school should have queried with parents why he wasn't there.
 
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DaveM

My first though as well was how the school did not pick it up that he was missing.
 
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Rinko

My first though as well was how the school did not pick it up that he was missing.
Based on his condition, there could be an underlying past of him not showing up due to having 'episodes' and therefore they just assumed that to be the case. I am not sure though.
 

DrLeftover

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The driver should be fired for not checking the vehicle when it was returned, then charged with child endangerment.

Especially since it is doubtful that the child could get himself in and out of the 'car seat'.

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