(3-23-23) Charges will not be brought against a Celina City Schools bus driver or bus aide in an incident that that took place on March 15th. The incident involved a pre-school student being left unattended on the bus for several hours. The bus driver and bus aide responsible for the student were relieved of their duties pending an investigation.
After an investigation by the Celina Police Department the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the report and has decided not to pursue criminal charges on either employee.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office negligent conduct is insufficient to support charges under the facts and circumstances..
This past Tuesday an Indian Lake student did not get off the bus at the school.
Superintendent Dr. Rob Underwood:
Indian Lake School District Parents and Guardians,
The health and safety of our students and our staff is the top priority of the District. We learned today of a situation that compromised one of our students and it is unacceptable.
A student who rides one of our buses did not get off the bus at the school. While we are still gathering facts, we learned that the child remained on the bus after the route was over. After the child did not arrive at school, an investigation took place and the child was located still on the bus. The child was then taken to the school and later picked up by a parent.
I have spoken with the child’s family. I can report to you that this staff member has resigned and charges are pending.
We take this situation very seriously. Our staff member did not meet our expectations and it is unacceptable. We will work to do better.
Dr. Rob Underwood
Indian Lake Schools Superintendent
What else has this bus driver and aide guilty of that has been over looked? This should be unacceptable at all schools !!! That child could have been abducted,frozen and Traumatized.!!!. I guess it’s who you are and how high up you are in school system. The parents should not allow this to happen again to another child .
What is even more disturbing is the prosecutors office found it impossible to charge either the driver or the aide Unfortunately it appears that the school administrators and elected officials have collaborated to find no one at fault. How tragic, our society has lost its moral compass even more so when it comes to the one’s who need it most, our children. Makes one wonder what else these learned scholars are not doing.