A school bus driver is out of a job after she left a sick child on the side of the road and drove off, a spokeswoman for Spartanburg District Five Schools said Wednesday.
According to WSPA, District spokeswoman Melissa Robinette said the driver “resigned in lieu of termination” Tuesday.
Just minutes after Victoria Stone’s 11-year-old son Joe got picked up from his bus stop Tuesday morning, she got a phone call.
“He says, ‘Mom, help me, please.’ He says, ‘My chest is beating really hard and I really need to throw up.’ He said, ‘I feel like I can’t breathe,'” said Stone.
She told Joe to tell his bus driver.
She said the driver pulled over at the next stop — Betty Breeden’s driveway.
“The bus went on and the child was left there in the grass,” said Breeden.
Breeden is a friend of the family.
Stone drove right over to Breeden’s home to find her son. She found him hunched in the kudzu by her driveway, just feet from the road.
“If I wouldn’t have slowed down, I would have run over my own child. He was on his knees, throwing up,” said Stone. “The bus was gone. There was no one in sight.”
Robinette said the driver violated district policies.
“Our policy is very clear. A driver is not supposed to leave a child at an unassigned bus stop and certainly in a situation like this, which is unusual, not to leave a child unattended,” said Robinette.
Stone said she hopes other bus drivers learn from that example.
“I understand that they’re pressed. They have time limits and they have to get to this school and that school. But a child’s life is more important than getting any child to school on time,” said Stone.
Robinette said the bus driver was an 11-year veteran and had no previous incidents on her record.
She said bus drivers get 35 hours of training before they can start driving your children to school. South Carolina requires school bus drivers to get a minimum of 10 hours of training every year after that. Robinette said drivers in District Five get closer to 20 hours of training a year.
A spokesperson for the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said Joe’s parents also filed a report with the school resource officer and it will be assigned to an investigator to follow up.
SOURCE: WSPA / CBS South Carolina