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AUTISTIC CHILD LEFT ALONE IN SCHOOL BUS FOR HOURS

A YOUNG child – believed to have non-verbal autism – was left strapped inside a bus on his own at the Education Authority’s Killyclogher depot for approximately four hours on Tuesday.
 
The Ulster Herald understands that the boy is only eight-years-old and had been due to attend a summer scheme at Arvalee School and Resource Centre.
 
However, somehow he was left behind on the vehicle strapped to his seat. It is claimed that the child was only discovered when another worker at the depot happened to be walking past the bus.
 
The child’s parents are said to be ‘distraught and angry’ at what has happened.
 
In a statement, the Education Authority (EA) confirmed that it is currently investigating a ‘transport-related incident’ involving a pupil attending the summer scheme.
 
“The outcome of the investigation will determine what additional measures may be required to ensure an incident of this nature does not happen again,” a spokesperson said.
 
Arvalee School and Resource Centre did not comment on the matter.
 
Read the full story in this week’s Ulster Herald.
 
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