District 150 student left sleeping on school bus

By Paul Strater

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It keeps happening across the country, and it's happened again in Peoria.

A child left sleeping on a school bus. It's the kind of thing that every parent fears.

Five-year-old Jaivyn Moore woke up alone in the District 150 bus barn after falling asleep on the way to school.

"I fell asleep on the bus, and when I woke up, I was in the bus barn. And then I was crying and yelling for help, and I opened the door and a bus driver found me a different one, and they took me back to Charter Oak," said Jaivyn.

His sister, Mariah, was on the same bus.

"It first started out like I was trying to get off the bus, and I looked back but I didn't see Jaivyn," said Mariah Robinson, "and then my friends were pushing me, and they said 'go' because the line is moving."

There is a protocol that requires drivers or monitors to check their buses for sleeping children at the end of their runs. Peoria Public Schools confirm that this was not done in Jaivyn's case.

We invited District 150 officials to appear with us on camera for this story; they declined. When asked what would happen with the employees involved in this incident, they refused to comment, citing 'personnel issues.'

Jaivyn's mom was asked why she felt it necessary to call the media to report what happened.

"I want this to stop happening to children. I mean, they're not old enough to take care of themselves. I put my children's lives in these peoples' hands, and I should be able to trust that, and I don't feel like I can now," said Jennifer Jones.

She said that her children will no longer ride the bus to school.

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