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March 22, 2006

Lee County-- A Lee County school bus driver who left a 4-year old on a bus has been suspended as administrators look at ways to improve safety.

Canyon Hancock fell asleep on his way to the Lee County pre-k program Friday. School Superintendent Larry Walters says he was found about 8:45 that morning and was left unattended for a total of 20 to 30 minutes.

The driver did not check the bus as he normally does. Walters says he was told to hurry because he had to drive for a field trip.

Walters won't identify the driver but says he has no prior problems and is suspended without pay for a week. The driver is also sorry and upset the incident happened.

Some buses have buzzers in the back that drivers must shut off. One was installed on the bus in this incident this week and school officials are working to put them on all Lee County buses.

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