A Fulton County School System bus driver is “no longer” employed after a student was left unattended for hours on a bus Wednesday.
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Fulton school bus driver ‘no longer’ employed after leaving student alone for hours

A Fulton County student was supposed to be dropped off at Woodland Middle School on Wednesday, but she never arrived, school officials said.

It turned out the girl’s school bus driver left her alone on the bus, which ended up costing the driver their job, the Fulton County School System told Channel 2 Action News.

The child’s parent told Channel 2 that her daughter was not dropped off at the middle school in East Point, which the district confirmed was accurate. The girl was returned home and is OK, the news station reported.

The driver, whose name was not provided, is “no longer an employee of the district,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“Fulton County Schools does not accept or condone employee behaviors that put our students at risk,” the statement continued. “Our expectations are that our students are in a safe environment when riding our school buses. That goal was not met on Wednesday.”

The school district added that it’s transportation staff is trained to check buses at the end of their routes “to ensure an incident like this doesn’t occur.”

The statement said that policy will be reemphasized to drivers in the wake of this incident.

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