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Jones Supt.: Bus Driver Was on Second Day

5:00 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
  • Photo of Aaron Cook, the special-needs child allegedly left on a Jones County bus alone for hours. (Courtesy of the family)
    
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A bus driver who allegedly left a special-needs child alone on a bus for several hours was on her second day on the job.

That's according to Jones County School Superintendent William Matthews, who said his office is investigating the matter Wednesday.

RELATED | Special-Needs Child Left on Jones Co. Bus for Hours

On Tuesday, Marlene Porter told 13WMAZ that her 10-year-old autistic son Aaron was picked up around 6:30 a.m., and remained on the bus until about 1 p.m. 

School officials told her the bus driver was in a hurry to see her husband in the hospital, and neglected to do a head count when the children got off the bus at Dames Ferry Elementary School.

Matthews said Wednesday that the driver was on her second day.

He said the department's policy is for the driver to check every seat before leaving the bus, but that didn't happen Tuesday.

Matthews would not identify the driver, but said she's not driving the bus Wednesday. He would not discuss her future until they're through investigating the matter.

Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece also said that his office is investigating the matter.

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