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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 04/23/2010

Autistic boy left on school bus

By Washington Post editors

An autistic boy from Charles County was left alone on a school bus for more than two hours last week, WJLA reports.

A Charles County school spokesperson confirms that from 8 to 10:30 a.m. last Friday, a special needs student was trapped on a bus, in a parking lot more than a dozen miles from his school. The employees in question have since been removed from their positions.

School officials say the driver and attendant violated policy by not sweeping the bus. October Smith told WJLA the student was her 11-year-old son Delonte, who she says suffers from severe asthma.

A schools spokesperson says the child was supposed to be dropped off at Stethem(steed-um) Educational Center that morning in Pomfret, but the driver and the attendant didn't see him after leaving the previous stop.

Smith believes her son fell asleep. Delonte ended up in a parking lot, run by a contractor, 18 miles away in Hughesville. Smith was told that two other drivers at the lot let Delonte out after seeing him stuck on the bus.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
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Posted by: MarilynManson | April 23, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

That's because all of those special ed aides are so special themselves!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

oh, boy. I can see Ms. Smith counting those dollars now and every ambulance-chasing lawyer in Chuck County is knocking on her door.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | April 23, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The family should get some dollars. Punitive and compensatory.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | April 23, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Delonte? No question about it at all that the mother will think she'll hit the jackpot with a lawsuit and big settlement.

Posted by: checkered1 | April 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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