Atlanta bus driver arrested for forgetting child

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ATLANTA — A bus driver in Atlanta has been arrested on charges that he forgot to drop off a 5-year-old boy found crying outside the driver's home.

Bennie Pendergrass was charged this week with child endangerment and reckless conduct.

Police said the driver told investigators that he had no idea the boy was still on his bus after completing an afternoon route for Angel's Paradise Higher Learning Academy. The child exited the bus and was found crying outside Pendergrass' home Tuesday night.

The boy was not hurt.

A working phone listing for Pendergrass could not be located. A woman who answered the phone at the school said she was not permitted to comment.

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airbud7
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airbud7 10/21/10 - 08:33 am
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5-year-old on a Bus??? To

5-year-old on a Bus??? To Young to be left with someone/anyone except loving parents/kinfolk.

fontana
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fontana 10/21/10 - 08:45 am
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Angel's Paradise will have

Angel's Paradise will have he!! to pay.

happychimer
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happychimer 10/21/10 - 09:46 am
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My 4 yr old granddaughter was

My 4 yr old granddaughter was left on a school bus. She did not get off the bus, and her mother went to the school. The bus driver said no child was on the bus, and a school official did a walk-thru and found her in a seat asleep.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/21/10 - 10:09 am
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How hard would it be to

How hard would it be to finish your route, turn off your bus, walk up & down the aisles to see if kids are still on the bus and then lock it up? What does that extra step of walking up & down the aisles take...take 2 minutes? Laziness or the unions probably told them they didn't have to do it.

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REDRIDER 10/21/10 - 10:13 am
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I guess the drivers have to

I guess the drivers have to make a search of there bus on the last stop to insure this does not to happen. Sad for both the girl and the driver. I guess in economic down times they don't have bus monitors anymore.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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Well Chillen for a school bus

Well Chillen for a school bus driver it is the law to do that. In fact buses 2004 and newer there is a feature in the bus that forces the driver to walk to the back door, open it and then close it so that they will look to see if anyone is left on the bus.

Note on this story. The bus driver is NOT a school bus driver but a day care driver. I am not 100% sure about this but they are not held to same guidelines or training that a school bus driver is.

As a school bus driver I am glad to see that authorities are arresting drivers who leave children on the bus.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/21/10 - 11:02 am
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Well good, I'm glad that's

Well good, I'm glad that's the law. It should be. That doesn't mean they'll do it but at least if they are caught not doing it, the law is against them.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/21/10 - 01:20 pm
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I wonder how much time had

I wonder how much time had passed after the driver got home and the child was noticed? Minutes? Hours? Why hadn't the boy's caretakers raised the alarm that the boy hadn't been dropped on on time?

ozarkalien
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ozarkalien 10/21/10 - 01:38 pm
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chillen oh yeah it's got to

chillen oh yeah it's got to be the unions fault!

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Little Lamb 10/21/10 - 07:21 pm
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90% of parents could be

90% of parents could be charged with "child endangerment and reckless conduct" at some point in their children's upbringing.

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dstewartsr 10/21/10 - 07:41 pm
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"90% of parents could be

"90% of parents could be charged with 'child endangerment and reckless conduct" at some point in their children's upbringing."

Amen, Little Lamb. Especially first time parents who live away from family. And, as children get older, there is that occasional repressed urge to homicide...

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