'I want justice:' Parent outraged after child left on school bus all day
IRONDALE, Ala. —
UPDATE (1/23): Grantswood Community School says the bus driver involved in the incident has resigned from his position at the school.
Grantswood says their investigation showed the driver was not texting, but using his phone through a Bluetooth device.
At 8 a.m. on Thursday morning it was 18 degrees. At 9 a.m. it was 23 degrees. Even at 10 a.m. it was still below freezing at 28 degrees.
Throughout the morning and into the afternoon, Ricky McKenzie says his son was alone, scared, and cold all day.
“What happened, how do you forget?” said father Ricky McKenzie.
McKenzie's son had been left on a Jefferson County school bus - all day.
“He’s been crying all day. You can see the tears on his face. He didn’t eat. It just don’t make no sense,” said McKenzie.
He says his 5-year-old is a kindergarten student who goes to Grantswood Community School in Irondale.
While he says the school is usually on top of their students, something was different today, and he wants to know why.
“We had to call the school. They didn’t every call us; we called them. And they said our son just got dropped off. At 3:10 we’re like how is that possible? Did he go to school today? They said he’s been on the bus all day,” said McKenzie.
At this time all the Jefferson County Board Of Education says they’re “investigating the ‘alleged’ incident.”
McKenzie says he was told answers would be delivered tomorrow after the bus video is reviewed.
But he says he wants more than that after what his little boy had to go through.
“I don’t care about any money, I don’t care about anything, I just want justice, you know. Somebody's gotta be held accountable for this. This don’t make any sense,” said McKenzie.