RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The heat was a major reason a child was sent to the hospital Tuesday after being left on a Richmond city school bus.
The child is just 4-years-old and was on his way to summer school at Summer Hill Elementary School Tuesday morning. During a press conference at city hall the Richmond Public Schools Transportation Director said the child was left on the bus for just over an hour.
The child was found screaming aboard the bus at the bus depot on Belt Boulevard. He had somehow fallen asleep on his was to school. It was a substitute bus driver that was driving and the person did not follow proper protocol when it came to checking the bus at the end of the route.
The person who found the child was another bus driver. Medics were called and the child was taken to the hospital and later released. As for the driver, that person is facing serious disciplinary action. The name of the driver is not being released at this time because this incident is under investigation.
"Swift disciplinary action. Period. And that would include? It would include anything. It depends on the severity. The board has the opportunity to administer discipline up to and including termination," said Vincent Ashley, Richmond Public Schools Transportation Director.
Again the child is doing just fine at this point. At first we were told he was suffering from heat exhaustion but after medical examination we've learned that was not the case.
Medics took the child to the hospital just as a precautionary measure given the triple digit temperatures. Under normal circumstances a bus driver would be at least suspended in this type of situation we were told. There's no word yet on whether criminal charges will be filed.