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Parents Sue Palm Beach County School District After Child With Down Syndrome Left on Bus for Hours

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  • The school district, after the incident first took place, fired the driver for not following protocol in making sure the student was safe.

The parents of a child with Down syndrome have filed a lawsuit against a South Florida school district after their child was left on a school bus for hours – saying they have been suffering for years since.

The now 11-year-old has been diagnosed with anxiety as the parents filed their suit against the Palm Beach County School District seeking to be “fairly compensated” according to their case.

”Thankfully he didn’t pass away because of the mechanic that was able to find him,” Eddi Guevara, the father of the child, told NBC affiliate WPTV-TV. “In another situation we would be talking about my child no longer being with us.”

Guevara said his then seven-year-old son was supposed to be dropped off at an elementary school in Boca Raton in October 2015, but was not found until that mechanic found the student later that afternoon at a bus yard in Boynton Beach.

”He had urinated on himself from being on the bus for so long. His eyes were reddened from crying,” said the family’s attorney, Nelson Baez. “We want this situation to be an example to the school district. We don’t want this to happen again or to anyone else.”

The school district, after the incident first took place, fired the driver for not following protocol in making sure the student was off the bus as well as taking the bus aid off duty. Officials said they would not comment on the current case.

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