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Compton school bus driver lost for hours with disabled kids

August 29, 2012 |  9:45 am

A Compton school bus driver who was carrying more than a dozen special needs students got lost for several hours on Tuesday afternoon.

Parents called the Compton School Police when their children were not dropped off at the regular time. The police contacted Bursch Elementary School, who contacted the bus company, where a supervisor was able to locate the bus and the driver.

The driver has been employed at the company for three years, but this was her first day on that particular route, Compton Unified officials said.

The bus company dispatched additional drivers to the location of the bus to assist with taking the children to their homes.

Babette Spears, whose 6-year-old son Ajani was on the bus, told KTLA the ordeal was a nightmare for the family.

"I was just like, 'Oh my God, my brother's not home, it's 6:30,' " Ajani's sister Lanita Buckner said. "He can't tell me what happened. He can't tell me where he was. He can't explain anything."

Ajani has cerebral palsy and cannot communicate verbally. He should have been home from school at 2:30 p.m., but arrived at 7:30, his family said.

"They were on the bus. They were safe," said Compton Unified associate superintendent Abimbola Williams-Ajala. "We were tracking the bus. We were looking for where the bus was."

"A lot of different people sprung into action as soon as we were alerted of it," she said.


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-- KTLA News