Father: Atlanta school bus driver left son asleep on bus - CBS46 News

Father: Atlanta school bus driver left son asleep on bus

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Ovoya Jones wants an apology from Atlanta Public Schools after his son Jody was found wandering in a shopping mall parking lot yesterday rather than at school. He said a good samaritan called police and Jody was reunited with his father safe and sound. Ovoya said his 6 year-old had fallen asleep on his school bus and woke up after the driver stopped to get something at Publics grocery store.

"He could have gotten hit, kidnapped, anything," said Ovoya Jones.

Ovoya said the driver told authorities she checked the bus before leaving and locked the door, but he's not buying it.

"My son is assigned a seat which is row 14 on the bus, so you know where his seat is. His brothers are in the front of the bus, they don't sit together, so you should know to check the bus. Row 14, I'm not sure of the row count but it should be like midway in the bus. I don't think she checked the bus," Ovoya said.

Atlanta Public School officials had little to say.

"We are investigating. We want to make sure that nothing like this occurs again and nothing is more important than the safety and security of our students," said Stephen Alford, with Atlanta Public Schools.

Ovoya said it's been more than 24 hours and no one with the school district's transportation department has contacted him despite several calls, messages and emails.

"I just want some action. I want some kind of action, somebody to step up and say it's their fault because anything can happen. Remember a couple of years ago when the kids died on the daycare trip, on the bus, it's hot out now," said Ovoya.

APS official said if the investigation finds the driver violated district policy, she could face a range of punishment up to and including termination.

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