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Parents speak out about their 3-year-old special needs child left on bus

Parents out of Herriman are upset over the Jordan School Districts bussing protocol after their 3-year-old special needs son was left on the bus Wednesday.
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah - Parents out of Herriman are upset over the Jordan School Districts bussing protocol after their 3-year-old special needs son was left on the bus Wednesday. Now, the Parents Dannielle and Patrick Roberts are speaking up to initiate change in the districts bussing protocol.

"The bus driver didn't do a sweep of the bus and he just leaves and the teachers go inside. They assumed he was sick,” said Dannielle Roberts.

But Brennan Roberts wasn't sick. The 3-year-old who suffers from a speech impairment and just recently learned how to speak was at the back of the bus strapped into his seat. Plus, his parents didn’t learn about the incident until hours later after the bus driver spotted Brennan and returned him to school.  Now, they want answers.

“Eventually I started getting phone calls, but this was like in the evening, said Brennan’s mother. "I don't know how you miss a child that you personally put in a seat belt in a 15 minute ride and forget that he's on the bus it just seems absurd,” said Brennan’s father Patrick.

Brennan is part of a special needs program with Kauri Sue Hamilton In Riverton, but because of capacity at the school he along with other special needs students are housed at  Monte Vista Elementary School which falls under the Jordan School District and their bussing system. Now these concerned parents say the district needs to take a closer look at protocol.

“I feel like they should be doing sweeps of the bus. I feel like if they have lists of all the children's names on the back of a badge they should go on and ask. I feel they should sign each kid in that gets on the bus so that each gets off the buss,” said Roberts.

However, the Jordan School District says they already have strict procedures in place including sweeps of the bus at drop-off and at the end of a shift.

“We never want this to happen we want procedures to be followed and they should be followed but here something went wrong, we're investigating and action will be taken,” said the districts communications director, Sandy Riesgraf.

Although Brennan was never left alone on the bus, his parents are still shook up by the situation and want the worst case scenario to be avoided at all cost.  "The biggest thing for us is we want parents out there to know that this is happening within the Jordan School District. I do not want this to happen to another family."

The district tells ABC 4 Utah they are taking this situation very seriously and have already implemented changes where kids will now be checked in and off the bus in an effort to prevent this from happening again.

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