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Va. mom of boy left on bus sues school officials

Friday - 1/13/2012, 10:29am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond school officials are being sued by the mother of a 4-year-old autistic boy who was left on a bus.

Nyheim Butler's lawsuit accuses Richmond Public Schools, the district's transportation director, a former bus driver and a former bus monitor of negligence.

The lawsuit seeks $350,000 in punitive damages and $150,000 in compensatory damages.

According to the lawsuit, Butler's son was left on a school bus in 90-plus degree heat for about an hour on July 6, 2010.

The driver of another bus discovered the boy.

A spokesman for the school district had no comment on the lawsuit. He tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/AdQmnB) that the bus driver and monitor are no longer employees of the school district.

The lawsuit was filed in Richmond Circuit Court in late December.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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