Mom sues Richmond Schools

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A mother is suing the Richmond Public School system for $500,000 after her 4-year-old was left on a hot, sweltering school bus in July of 2010.

According to court documents, Nyhiem Butler who has autism was found "crying and screaming" on a school bus parked in a depot lot.

The suit alleges gross negligence by the bus monitor and bus driver. It also accuses Richmond Public Schools and its transportation director of negligence.

Court documents say the all the windows and doors of the bus were closed. Little Nyhiem was on that bus alone for more than an hour and even after all this time, his mom says he's still affected by the ordeal.

"He's still suffering. Sometimes he just doesn't want to get on the bus, he walks slow to the bus," said Tiara Butler.

Attorney, Suzette Hutchens says Nyhiem's mother wants justice.

"That's what makes it so tragic about this case, is that with an autistic child we don't even know the extent of his suffering," said Hutchens.

The bus driver and monitor, Irene Jenkins and Alvin Matthews were found guilty and are no longer with Richmond Public Schools.

"The fact that they were let go was an obvious response to the situation but that's not enough," said Hutchens.

Now that the suit has been filed, Richmond Public Schools has 21 days to respond. But the proceedings could take a while. Hutchens says she hopes to get a trial date this year.

NBC12 reached a spokesman for Richmond Public Schools -- they had no comment about the lawsuit.

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