Mom Is Furious After Her 5-Year-Old Daughter Was Left In A Hot School Bus For 3 Hours And Nearly Died Of Heatstroke
A 5-year-old was left on the school bus for 3 hours
Starting a new school year can be exciting, especially for young kids. Parents of children who have just started school may have some common worries, like “Will other kids be nice to my child?” or “Will my child be able to find their classroom?”
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Most parents don’t worry about the possibility of their children being left on the bus in the scorching heat, and nor should they! But, apparently, such situations CAN happen, as one mom shared on Twitter. Here’s the full thread:
My daughter's bus driver nearly killed her on the first day of kindergarten so here's a PSA for all parents of young bus riders.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
This happened today.
My daughter, who is 5 and slightly developmentally delayed was trapped alone on a bus parked at the bus depot for 3 hours in near 90 degree weather.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
The bus driver DID NOT check whatsoever when he pulled in. He just got off. She tried to get his attention but failed. She knows to stay in her seat so that's where she stayed. FOR 3 FUCKING HOURS. ALONE. IN THE SUN.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
I'd had an off feeling since I put her on the bus this morning. It's our first regular bus. Will she find the right seat? Be able to get off the bus okay? Will the older kids be nice to her?— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
I take her school paperwork in at 9. They don't say she's absent. I figure everything is fine. They'd call if something were wrong, right?— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
I wake my hubby up close to 11. I miss a call from school. The school says she's absent and they want to know if she's okay because I didnt call her in. I freak out.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
I PUT HER ON THE BUS AT 7:30 WHAT DO YOU MEAN SHE'S ABSENT?!— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
They reassure me she's likely in class, several busses were late this morning after attendance was taken. They're going to go check. They'll call me right back.
I expect a call in 5 to 10 minutes.
I. WAIT. ALMOST. 40. MINUTES. And this time it isn't the secretary. It's the superintendent of the bus depot. And he's PISSED. My child. My FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD was left alone on the bus. She appears okay but I need to meet them at school. I bolt. I already had keys in my hand.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
I beat them there. I watch my child walk into the school red, dripping wet, and cradling a water bottle. I almost cry. My baby appears okay. She says she has a stomachache but is okay.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
She is thoroughly checked over by the nurse while the principal, bus superintendent, and I sit in a conference room discussing just what the actual fuck happened.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
The bus drivers are supposed to do a seat check before leaving. He didnt. My daughter didn't know when to get off. No other k-1st graders (kids at her school) on this bus. This should never have happened.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
And then he tells me what I hadn't even grasped yet. He had left her there, alone, in the heat, since 8:30. They found her after 11:30. I am devastated and crying on the inside. 3 hours. Alone. In almost 90 degree weather. Locked. On a bus.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
Bus driver is fired (obviously). They put steps in place to make sure my kid can ride the bus safely. The nurse tells me that, shockingly, my child is just FINE. I let her stay the rest of the day.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
They give her lots of water. The girls who found her had ice water on hand and were dousing towels with it to put on her body. They're offering her food. She tells me she got hungry and is sorry she ate some of her lunch on the bus. I nearly cry. I reassure her it's okay.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
I ask her about her day when she gets home and she tells me about the bus. My heart breaks when she tells me that the only time she got scared was when she got cold. She wanted me. She cried for me. I hold her extra tight tonight.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
My child should. Not be alive right now. Kids die after an hour in a hot car. My child survived 3 and only got a stomachache. My child should be dead. If I hadn't of packed her 2 drinks in her lunch she WOULD HAVE DIED. Today we hold her close.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
If you only retweet one thing, retweet this....— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
Remind your kids bus drivers to CHECK EVERY SEAT BEFORE LEAVING. PLEASE. My child survived 3 hours but yours might not. Please. Take the extra 2 minutes. Learn from us. We were almost a tragedy. A preventable tragedy. Please remind them.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
So tonight I play with my girl. I remind her that if, by some miniscule chance you get left on the bus, to honk that horn until someone comes. And in the morning we figure out a new plan for school.— Coley (@happycloudbooks) August 29, 2018
She's okay. Somehow, she's absolutely fine. Thank you, Lord!
Fortunately, the girl is doing OK and she’s not even afraid of riding on the bus. The mom told Scary Mommy:
Her temporary bus driver is wonderful and on Tuesday they get a regular bus driver. The driver who left her on the bus was fired immediately after I left school and did not finish his day driving.
This girl and her family are so lucky that this situation ended well.
What can happen if a child is left in a hot vehicle, and how to prevent such situations
Most parents assume it can’t happen to them, but even the most loving, caring, and responsible parent can get distracted and leave the child inside the car. If that happens, the consequences can be catastrophic.
According to Seattle Children’s, the temperature inside a car can rise by 20 F in just 10 minutes and by 40 F in an hour. It can happen even when it’s not too hot outside.
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If a child is left in a hot vehicle, they can suffer a heatstroke. In heatstroke, the body temperature rises dangerously high, which can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs and even death. And the younger the child, the faster it happens.
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To prevent accidentally leaving your child in a vehicle, the following may help:
1. Think up a system which will make you check the backseat every time you get out of the car. It can consist of placing the stuff you need on the backseat or setting a reminder on your phone to check the backseat.
2. Don’t let your child play in the car.
3. Make sure all doors and the trunk are locked once everyone is out of the car.
4. Keep car keys (or any keys, for that matter) out of a young child’s reach.
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Although such situations are highly unlikely, teach your child what to do on the off chance they get left on the bus. Coley shared this tip: tell your child to honk the horn until someone notices them and gets them out.