Brookhaven: Claim child left for hours on school bus ‘not entirely accurate’

Published 11:35 am Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Brookhaven School District Superintendent Rod Henderson says the claim a child was left on a locked school bus for the majority of the school day is “not entirely accurate.”

An anonymous user posted on Facebook Tuesday that a 5-year-old boy was left on a locked school bus until 1 p.m. one day in the previous week. “The mother received a robo call from Mamie Martin saying the child was not at school,” the post claimed.

The poster further claimed someone heard the child screaming at the bus barn and got him out of the bus, and that personnel were instructed not to talk about it.

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Henderson said there was an issue with a child left temporarily on a bus, and a personnel issue that was handled.

“That’s about it,” Henderson said, “and no one was instructed not to talk about it.”

The superintendent said the district does require drivers to check their buses at the end of each route to ensure no child is still on board.

Tuesday, buses parked at the district bus yard had their doors open.

“I can say that the child was fine, but since it’s a student and personnel issue I can’t comment more than that,” Henderson said.