Queens boy heard screaming inside locked school bus after falling asleep

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FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens — A Queens woman is outraged after her grandson was left alone on a school bus Monday morning.

Javon Clarke, 5, was picked up from home around 7 a.m., but by 9:30 a.m., he still hadn't arrived at school.

Clarke fell asleep and woke up alone inside of the school bus, blocks away from the Goldie Maple Academy.

Police told Javon's mother and grandmother the bus was parked a few blocks away from his school, near the Jamaica Bay.

A woman walking by heard Javon screaming and crying from inside of the locked bus.

Javon's grandmother is angry and says she doesn't believe her grandson should get back on the bus in the near future.

"How could somebody just do that? Leave him on a bus by himself?" asked Stacey Shields.

Javon's parents pay $130 a week to the New Generation bus company, a private company contracted by parents to take their children to and from New York City's public schools in the Rockaways.

PIX11 spoke to the owner of New Generation, Jamar Myrie, who was the driver of Javon's bus.

"There's no justification. There's no justification," he told PIX11.

Myrie said he takes full responsibility.

He said Javon has had a tendency in the past to go underneath the bus seats and fall asleep. This is what Myrie believes happened Monday.

"It was a mistake on me overlooking and everything. If it was my child I don't know how I would have felt," said Myrie. "I pride myself in being careful but you know, human error."

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