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Young girl gets concussion on school bus in New Haven

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A young girl in New Haven is out of class until further notice after she got a concussion on her school bus. 

Her mother, Jasmine Reed, is furious about how the driver handled it and why no one told her about her daughter getting hurt.

“She’s going to be suffering for a while,” Reed said, “Her face was swollen, her lip was bleeding, she had a cut inside her mouth.”

It happened on the ride home from Roberto Clemente Academy.

Reed said her child stood up as the bus neared her stop, then BOOM, the bus driver slammed on the brakes and Reed’s child fell face first in the aisle.

Medical records obtained by News 8 show the girl suffered “facial injury, abrasion and swelling of the nose, and a cut inside her mouth.” And worse yet, a concussion.

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Reed said, “Anybody who know anything about concussions, they just don’t go away like that.”

She’s now furious after she said the First Student bus driver violated policy for handling an injured child.

“There’s a first aid kit on the bus. My daughter should’ve received some first aid, Reed said. “I was also upset the nobody notified dispatch or notified myself to come to the scene. That bus shouldn’t have moved. Period.”

When News 8 contacted Superintendent Carol Birks, she personally looked into the matter.

A spokesman said, “The District is deeply concerned about First Student’s delay in notification and is working actively” with them “to improve the bus vendor’s notification system…”

“I will not let her step foot on a first student bus until the situation is rectified,” said Reed.

She’s asking for the driver in this case to be disciplined and new safety protocols to be implemented.

First Student bus company did not respond to News 8’s request for comment.

The school district said it will do whatever is necessary to ensure student safety.


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