DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. (AP/KDKA) – A 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy missed his first day of kindergarten after being left on a school bus for nearly four hours.
The driver didn’t notice that Prince Oquendo failed to get off the bus at Monocacy Elementary Center in Berks County on Tuesday. CBS Philadelphia reports the driver then returned to the bus parking lot and got off, leaving the child alone inside the locked bus.
“I cried myself to sleep,” Prince said.
Prince’s mother, Michelle Oquendo, discovered him missing when he failed to come home after school.
“It was traumatizing to me. He was hot, sweaty. He didn’t even know who I was at first,” his mother said.
Temperatures reached the mid-80s on Tuesday, and it being cool that morning, the child was dressed in sweatpants and a jacket.
The boy was found on the bus and his mother took him to a hospital, where he was given fluids and told to rest.
Oquendo said the boy will not be boarding anymore buses anytime soon.
“I’m going to be driving him back and forth to school. I don’t want him on any buses at all,” she said.
The bus driver has been fired. Officials with the transportation company and the Daniel Boone School District are apologizing for the mishap.
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