Special needs student left on school bus — twice

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- A bus driver in Florida is out of a job after forgetting a special needs student on the bus -- twice!

The driver and the attendant for the bus are facing child neglect charges.

The first time it happened, the 13-year-old boy had been sleeping during drop off. He woke up in a panic and climbed out the emergency window. He then hitchhiked to his home 30 miles away.

He only told the bus attendant what happened. The next week, it happened again. He used the front doors to leave and again hitchhiked home.

"We're blessed that he was picked up on every occasion by good folks who gave him a ride home, and that he wasn't picked up by some n'er-do-well or child predator or someone who wanted to create harm for him," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The two women admitted telling a student to deactivate the bus's child-reminder system which reminds employees to ensure the bus is empty before leaving.

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