An 11 year old deaf student is dropped at the wrong stop by an Omaha public school bus driver. A communication mix up provides a lesson all drivers will hear about.
Jayman Washington stayed after school for basketball and took a special needs bus he usually doesn’t ride. The driver had not received notice that Jayman’s family had moved a week before. So the bus dropped the hearing impaired 5th grader at his old residence which is vacant.
Director of transportation for O-P-S Trevis Sallis said the driver violated policy. “In this case the employee did not wait until the student got in the house or a party welcomed the child so that’s why we had a student left.”
Jayman’s mother Randi Clark told Six On Your Side “You can see nobody lives there anymore and to leave a child who can’t even ask for help really bothers me.”
After hanging around outside the vacant house for about an hour it started getting dark. With his mother interpreting sign language Jayman said, “I waited but was hungry and wanted water so I started walking.”
It would have been more than a three mile walk to the new residence starting along a dark north 24th street in Omaha.
When Jayman didn’t come home on time Randi tried contacting O-P-S transportation but it was after business hours. So on a hunch she drove toward the former residence and spotted Jayman walking down 24th street.
Randi said, “I was crying because I was scared for him and because he thought I had forgot him but I would never do that.”
The O-P-S Director of Transportation declined to reveal what if any disciplinary action has been taken against the driver. However Trevis Sallis said the case will be brought up in future safety meetings for all drivers. They’ll be reminded that special needs students need to be watched going into the home or be welcomed by a parent or guardian before the bus drives away.