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Parent says autistic child was forgotten on school bus

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Crystal Nash with her son Aric. (Nov. 14, 2012/FOX Carolina) Crystal Nash with her son Aric. (Nov. 14, 2012/FOX Carolina)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One Upstate parent is upset and wants a policy change for school bus drivers.

She's angry because her son, who is autistic, got left on the bus Wednesday morning at Boiling Springs Elementary School.

Crystal Nash said after getting an email from her son Aric's teacher wondering if he was coming to school, she went into a panic.

School officials said he was still on the school bus and that the driver was headed to Boiling Springs intermediate school before realizing Aric never got off the bus.

Spartanburg School District 2 released this statement saying in part:

"...immediately after leaving BSI, the driver made a return trip to Boiling Springs Elementary, where the student was walked to class by a teacher greeting arriving students at the drop-off point. The child was under adult supervision at all times. However, we are looking further into the matter and will review our procedures."

Nash hopes they will not only review the policies but change them.

"I don't know if he may have fallen asleep on the bus or if he may have just not been talking that much but he got left on the bus and that disturbed me because what if it had been a lot colder and she not realized it and she parked the bus?" said Nash. "He would've gotten stuck on the bus in extreme temperatures. I don't want to see this happen to another child."

The "what ifs" have convinced Nash to drop her children off at school herself, at least for the next few days.

The school district said there is already a procedure for bus drivers to check their bus at the end of each route. In this case the route was not finished yet.

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