Special needs student left on Washington school bus for hours

Legal news for Washington personal injury attorneys. A special needs girl was left on school bus for two hours.

Washington personal injury attorneys alert- A girl with speech apraxia was left on the school bus in Bainbridge, WA.

Bainbridge Island, WA—A 4-year-old special needs student was left on a school bus unattended for hours. The little girl, who has a speech apraxia, couldn’t talk loud enough to let anyone know she needed help on Thursday, February 4, 2010, as reported by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

Ava, 4, was left alone crying and waiting for someone to come find her. The bus that Ava was riding on, was on its way to Ordway Elementary with two other students who got off the bus at the school. Ava was in a car seat and needed help to get out, but was unable to speak to ask for help. Ava was left on the bus for two hours without anyone noticing that she was still stuck on the bus. The bus driver apparently drove the bus to the bus barn, and ate her lunch on the bus just a few feet away from Ava without even realizing the young girl was still there. The mother of Ava, Sarah Rowe, is demanding that the bus driver be fired, and is calling the incident gross negligence. Rowe apparently runs a home for adults with special needs and is deeply disturbed by the incident. The school district is investigating the incident. No word if the bus driver, who has been employed by the school district for 14 years, has been reprimanded for the incident.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Washington personal injury lawyers.