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TX: BISD sued in case of boy left on bus for hours


November 15, 2009
Posted: November 14, 2009, 11:55 AM CST

The grandmother of a 4-year-old boy who was left alone on a Beaumont ISD bus for several hours in January has filed suit against the school district.

Sharon Hill, a disabled woman who raises her three grandchildren, put preschooler Derrick W. Zachery on the bus early to take him to Southerland School on the morning of Jan. 13.

When the bus arrived at Southerland School, he was overlooked and the bus returned to the district's Transportation Center on Milam Street, the lawsuit filed Thursday in Jefferson County court. Again, he was overlooked.

No one at the school contacted Hill to tell her that her grandson had not arrived at school, the lawsuit states.

Shortly after the incident, Hill told The Enterprise that her grandson had been "very afraid."

The case is assigned to the 58th District Court of Judge Bob Wortham.

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