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A YOUTH worker has been suspended after a disabled three-year-old boy was abandoned on a school bus — for nearly five-and-a-half hours.

Terrified Mason Davidson-James was only discovered in the freezing bus by another driver when he started his shift in the afternoon.

Now a council worker — called Anne and employed as a "school escort" to ensure pupils get off the bus safely — has been suspended pending disciplinary action.

Today Mason's furious mother Rebekah James, 28, fumed: ''I was shocked and angry when I was told.

''I just don't know how it could have happened. Anything could have happened to Mason in all that time.

''It upsets me to think how scared he must have been. He can't speak but was probably crying out and no-one was there to hear him.

''When he got home his face was red and blotchy so he had obviously been crying for hours until he cried himself to sleep.

''He only woke up when the new driver started the engine and Mason started clapping his hands together.

''Mason was the escort's responsibility as soon as he crossed the threshold onto that bus and I trusted them to get him to school safely.

''I know her as Anne and my first reaction was to get hold of her and give her a slap.

''I cannot believe she was so careless. What person leaves a disabled boy on a bus on his own?"

Mason — who was born with microcephaly and autism which has left him unable to talk — was left alone on the locked bus after it was parked in a depot.

He and his seven-year-old brother Malachi were picked up by the school minibus from their home in Wyken, Coventry, at 8.30am on November 18 for the two-mile journey to Castle Wood School.

A school escort helped Mason onto the bus and even strapped him into a seat before signalling to the driver to pull off.

Single mother-of-four Rebekah, who also has two daughters, Tamzin, six, and Tegan, five, added: ''I saw her put Mason and Malachi at the back and I always stay to watch the minibus leave.

''I like to wave goodbye to them through the window. It was the same as every morning.

''Anne gets off the bus when it arrives at the school. She must have rushed the Children off and simply forgotten about Mason."

The escort helped the pupils off the bus — including Malachi who was sitting beside his brother — but she failed to help Mason off.

She then got off the bus but the driver did not spot Mason and drove back to the depot on an industrial estate in Binley, Coventry where he finished his shift at 9am.

And no one at the school noticed that Mason was missing so there was no search.

Mason then spent five hours alone in the freezing bus until another driver started his shift for the afternoon school run at 2pm.

Bosses at Lewis Coaches, which runs the bus service, telephoned the school to say Mason had been found and a governor collected the terrified child and drove him home.

Headteacher Yvonne McCall said she was ''devastated" by the blunder.

Coventry City Council has suspended the school escort and launched an investigation into the incident.

Director of children, learning and young people, Colin Green, said: '''We have launched a full investigation to find out how this incident happened and if it is necessary to change those procedures and working practices.

''I will inform the family of the outcome of the investigation and whether any changes need to be made to procedures and working practices."

No one from Lewis Coaches was available for comment.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3251207/Boy-forgotten-on-bus-for-five-hours.html#ixzz16h3RqoNx
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omg that is bad
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how can they forget they left a child on bus
what about the school register ??
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This happened to my son but he was left at the swimming pool, the school didn't realise till the secretary back at the school told them ...the school is 45 mins away from the pool ...he was found wandering around the car park looking for the coach...He is no longer at the school[/size][/font]Dodgy
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(11-29-2010, 08:44 PM)Nickellie Wrote: This happened to my son but he was left at the swimming pool, the school didn't realise till the secretary back at the school told them ...the school is 45 mins away from the pool ...he was found wandering around the car park looking for the coach...He is no longer at the school[/size][/font]Dodgy

thats owful i was thinking about letting my child go to a special needs school
now im thinking (no) now reading all this any one else had this problem
its absolutly owful to hear


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