TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Termination is the recommendation being made for a substitutebus driver who left a child on the school bus in sub-freezingtemperatures.
The incident took place Tuesday afternoon.
Chris Daughtry, the Tippecanoe School Corporation Director ofTransportation, said a second grade girl from Woodland Elementaryfell asleep during the bus ride home, then awoke alone in thetransportation parking lot.
The child then walked across State Road 25 to Walgreens where agood Samaritan helped her call for help at around 5:00 p.m.
Daughtry said what happened was unfortunate and intolerable.
"When they got here to the base, they simply failed to walk thebus to determine if there were any children left on the bus. Thatis in direct violation with TSC policy and it is also againstIndiana code," said Daughtry.
Daughtry said the young girl is okay and did not receive anymedical treatment.
The Lafayette police department expects to be done with theirinvestigation shortly. The substitute driver could face additionalcharges and a $500 fine for failing to check for children due to astate law was passed last summer.
A Lafayette man charged with multiple bank robberies in Tippecanoe and Clinton Counties pleads guilty to a series of bank robberies in Illinois.
The drop in temperatures brings the potential for health dangers, such as hypothermia and frost bite. The bitter temperatures can pose a threat for children, adults and pets.
As it stands Wednesday, there will be no FEMA aid for tornado survivors in Howard County.