Superintendent John Harper confirmed yesterday a 3-year-old speech therapy student was left on a school bus Sept. 9 for more than five hours.
The mother told the TV station the driver, checking for children, looked on one side of the bus, but failed to check the other side. The incident was captured on video.
The bus picked up the child about 6:40 a.m. that Friday morning and he was discovered still on the bus shortly before it was scheduled to make an 11:30 a.m. run.
Cooley said she understands everyone makes mistakes, but added, "What if it had been a hot day?"