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Columbia mother speaks out after bus driver leaves her child on the street during a seizure

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ.)

A Columbia mother is speaking out after her son's bus driver allegedly watched her 12-year-old son have a seizure in the street and left to drive her route.

Crenda Warren says her son could have been seriously hurt or killed after being left in the street. Her son, J.T was found by paramedics after seizing for nearly 10 minutes.

"I feel like the lady just left my baby to die," said Crenda Warren.

12-year-old J.T was just about to get on his school bus when his mother, says he started feeling numbness in his leg. Shortly after J.T. would experience his first seizure, according to his mother.

J.T.'s 14-year-old brother was with him at the time and called 9-1-1. What bothers the family though is that the bus driver didn't stop to help instead, she paged someone on the radio and headed to her next stop.

"The bus itself could've been like a lifesaver because she could have stopped whatever traffic was coming down that street while my son was laying in the street," said Warren.

J.T. spent the night in the hospital, getting EKG, CT, and MRI scans. His mother was able to take him home from the hospital Friday afternoon.

Warren is fighting to get charges pressed against the driver.

"I want charges pressed against her...you neglected my child during a time of need like that is your job...your job is to get these kids to the school safely," said Warren.  

ABC 17 News tried reaching out to Student Transportation of America to see what its policy is when a situation like this occurs but the company has not responded.

Kennedy Miller

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  1. Here is how Columbia’s first responders were dispatched to this incident:

    6:41 am, Fire Dispatch computer voice: alert tones, “Quint 4, delta response, fainting, 27xx Quail Drive…cross of Nelwood Drive and dead-end. Timeout 0641 hours.” An ambulance was simultaneously dispatched.

    6:45 am, Medic to Dispatch: “On scene, Quail Command.” The ambulance was first to arrive with the fire truck seconds later.

    6:53 am, Fire Truck to Dispatch: “Boone County this is Qual Command… Transfer command to medic. Clear and in service.”

    6:58 am, Ambulance to Dispatch: “You can show (Medic) 111 transporting one to the University (Hospital).”

    There was no radio traffic of police responding to this incident.

  2. Having been a school bus driver I can say there are policies in place. No matter the emergency we were told not to physically touch any of the students. There is no training of any kind in life saving techniques. We were told to radio it in to dispatch and continue our route if at all possible. That being said, I wouldn’t have left any child in any dangerous situation no matter what I was told. I’ve walked a student to their door, called their parents if they weren’t home and waited till I knew my students were safe.
    Every situation matters. Every student matters.
    I’m sorry this happened and I’m sorry the drive drove on. Unfortunately, radioing it in to dispatch is what they are told to do because of the no cell phone policy put in place.

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