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Three Year Old Left On Webb City Bus

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WEBB CITY, MISSOURI -

    A child is left behind on a bus in Webb City and the parent takes to Facebook fighting for change.
Dr. Kevin Cooper, Webb City Asst. Superintendent: "To be honest with you, we're not 100% sure exactly, how it happened, but we can tell you that we had a student that was left on a bus for an extended period of time, and it was one of our early childhood students."
The child left behind, only three years old, the daughter of Samantha Sweet.  Sweet took to Facebook expressing her concern and she alleges the district failed to call her to tell her that her daughter was not in class that day, the say she was left on the bus.  Kevin Cooper is an Assistant Superintendent for Webb City Schools, and he says there were procedures in place to prevent the situation.
Cooper: "You know, the school district has a procedure in place to make sure that we are checking the bus every time that we park a bus, there's a certain procedure that we go through to make sure that we're looking in all the seats and under the seats and making sure there's no students left in there."
Sweet alleges in her post that video from the bus has the driver saying they failed to walk the bus.
Cooper: "The procedure was followed, but really, it was not followed in the way that ensured that it was handled the correct way."
Sweet has since been in contact with the district and at a meeting earlier this week, the district made changes to their policies.
Cooper: "Right now we are making sure the bus is checked multiple times by different individuals, we also have a way of taking a roster and a roll of the students that are put on those early childhood buses, and then we're also marking when they're taken off the early childhood buses."
Cooper also said once the bus has been checked several times after it's parked, an "empty" sign will be placed in a window on the bus to certify it is clear.
    We asked about the current employment status of the driver and aide on that bus, however, cooper said he could not comment on personnel issues.

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