Bus driver abandons girl with autism in the rain, Brooklyn mom says

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A Brooklyn mother says her child with autism was left out in the pouring rain without any supervision and she’s blaming the school’s bus company.

Rasheeda White, the mother of 11-year-old Ciane, said her daughter requires supervision 24 hours a day, except that didn’t happen last week.

School doors opened at 7:45 a.m., but White said her daughter was dropped off about 30 minutes earlier than that in the pouring rain. Ciane was left alone to fend for herself.

“Anything could have happened between that time. She could have been abducted, she could have been put in someone’s car, she could have walked into the arms of a stranger,” White said.

Thankfully, Ciane is OK.

A school official spotted the young girl from the window and brought her inside, but not before her clothing was soaked through. White is thankful someone saw her daughter and believes the school did what they were supposed to do. The bus company, however, she said, failed her daughter and she’s trying to find out why. She’s called Y & M Transportation, a New York City Department of Education vendor, more than a dozen times since Friday.

“My question is what went wrong. My concern is what is going to happen to the next child this happens to,” White said.

Community advocate Tony Herbert is attempting to step in and help White.

“We can’t afford to have another situation when an autistic child in our community who's deserving of an education should not be left out here to suffer,” Herbert said.

PIX11 News went to Y & M Transit Corporation’s garage for ourselves Monday but were told they have no comment.

In a statement to PIX11 News, New York City Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness said:

"Nothing is more important than the safety and security of all students and staff. We are investigating this very serious allegation and will ensure that it's addressed appropriately. All attendants working on DOE buses complete specialized training to ensure we are supporting the needs of students with IEPs."