Posted: Sep 26, 2013 3:00 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2013 3:00 PM
The police department in Church Point says they've wrapped up their investigation into a bus driver accused of leaving a child on the bus for 7 hours. Police chief Albert Venable says he's given the report to the District Attorney's Office to allow them to determine if any criminal charges should be filed.
The Acadia Parish bus driver is no longer employed by the Student Transportation Service. Superintendent John Bourque was not able to say why the driver was no longer employed or give the driver's name, citing civil service restrictions.
Latesha Hagger, the child's mother, says she picked up her son from the bus stop Monday afternoon when she says a bus aide told her that her son was found on the bus at the end of the day. She said she reviewed the surveillance video at the School Board Office today, and she says after a stop at the gas station, the bus was parked in a lot in Church Point until the end of the school day. She says the cameras shut off when the engine shuts off, but you can see her son awake and sitting up in his seat when the bus driver leaves the bus. When the camera goes back on, she says you can see the bus driver notice her son when he went to the back of the bus to check a wire on the back door.
Hagger says her son told her he tried to open the doors and windows but couldn't, so he cried until he fell asleep. She says the school officials told her that they would now be notifying parents daily if their child was not present in school.