Pelion Student Left on Bus for Six Hours

Pelion, SC (WLTX) -- A child was left on a school bus in Pelion for six hours Monday.

The incident happened under the watch of Lexington School District One when somehow, after all the kids were dropped off for school that day, one of them stayed behind, but was only discovered later that day.

Pin-pointing exactly what happened is what the district is having trouble giving answers to, because Mary Beth Hill, a spokesperson for the district, said that's partly because district leaders are still investigating.

"The assumption is that the child was on the bus from somewhere between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m.," Hill said.

"The district has administrators that are re-creating the event."

Monday morning, a bus driver and aide finished dropping students off at an elementary school, something that normally happens at about 7:30 a.m., according to a news release from the district.

That bus then drove about a half-mile to Pelion High School where it parked for the morning.

"Protocol when a bus driver parks a bus in a bus parking lot is that they would walk the bus, checking each seat," Hill said.

What they did not see, in this case, was a child that stayed on the bus for reasons that the district says are still unclear.

The child was not noticed until about 1:30 p.m. when the driver and aide went back to the bus for afternoon pickup, according to the release.

The child was at school Tuesday and Wednesday, Hill said, but the driver and the aide have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

"We're hoping that we can prevent this in the future and we're trying to rectify the situation the best we can," said Hill


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