Ibn Polk, a 5-year old boy from Delaware, was very scared when he was left alone inside a school bus for about 7 hours. The school bus driver, who allegedly knew that the child was still on board, has been fired from her job for neglect.
Ibn reportedly fell asleep during the bus ride to Linden Hill Elementary in Pike Creek, Delaware. Officials believe that the driver didn’t do her usual sweep after dropping off the students to school. Security footage at the time of the incident also appeared to show that other students informed the driver that Polk was still inside but she ignored it.
“When she didn’t do that, that made it seem like she didn’t really care,” his father Abdul Polk told ABC News.
Polk’s parents weren’t immediately called when he was marked absent. They were only notified after the daily automatic call goes out to parents with absent children.
“I didn’t really know what was going on because I know I dropped my baby off at the bus stop and he was on the bus,” his mother Ivana Dennis said.
Polk was found 7 hours later when the driver went back for her afternoon rounds to get the student and she heard him cough.
Polk seemed to be traumatized after being left behind on his school bus on a freezing cold temperature. He didn’t eat for the whole time because there was a rule that students can’t eat on the bus. He was also found soaking wet as he urinated on himself.
Meanwhile, the driver, who had a 20-year experience, was fired from the Sutton Bus Company.