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Can a School Bus Leave a Child if They are Not Ready to Board?

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For students in the Fargo public school district the rules are simple. If you want to catch the bus, be there five minutes early and be visible for the driver, and they'll pick you up.

But today a couple of Fargo moms told us about a stop where they've witnessed the bus driver skip out on kids if they aren't ready to board when the bus pulls up. It was just this morning when one of those moms says she had to chase down the school bus operated by the Valley Bus Company after she saw the bus driving away from a kindergartner who was caught red handed, playing in a snow bank rather than waiting patiently for the pick up.

A Fargo mom, Kaylee Gunderson, was there when the young child sobbed as the bus left the scheduled stop, "if I wasn't out there that little girl would have been left there on her own with all those people. She could have been kidnapped or could have walked across the street and got hit by a car. There's so many things that could have happened."

The Fargo public school district says they are looking into the accusation. And the Valley Bus Company says that the driver wasn't leaving the child, but rather the bus was pulling off to the side to let traffic pass as the child prepared to board the bus.

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