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Driver fired after failing to check bus for sleeping child
JAMESTOWN - A student at Jamestown Elementary was found safe in the parking lot of Jamestwon Elementary shortly after she didn't arrive home by bus at the regular time on Wednesday afternoon, said Russell County School Superintendent Scott Pierce.

Pierce said the bus driver parked the vehicle after completing his route at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, as usual.

Pierce explained that the driver did not complete the required "walk through" at the end of each to insure that all of the students had gotten off the bus.

"This is one of the most serious events that could occur with a child," Pierce said in a phone interview Thursday. "Children are placed in our care and trust. It is our most solemn duty to see that they are properly cared for."

He added that it was the best of possible outcomes, in that the child is safe. He explained he had no choice but to dismiss the driver.

Pierce added, "While our investigation found that the child was still on school property, this shouldn't have occured, regardless of how short an amount of time it was.

Pierce said that because of the incident the school system will be following up with training for all bus drivers regarding the importance of checking that their bus is empty at the end of every trip.
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