BARODA, MI – The parents of a 4-year-old boy left on a school van Friday plan to file charges, but they’re not looking for any money.
Don and Carrie Wilson just want to make sure what happened to her family doesn’t happen to anybody else and want to make sure the driver of the van that was supposed to bring their special needs son Donnie to school Friday never provides any more transportation for the Berrien Springs Public Schools.
WSBT on Sunday sat down with the family to hear what happened.
Donnie was picked up at his home shortly after noon and was supposed to be taken to Sylvester Elementary School in Berrien Springs for speech therapy.
The school called Donnie’s mom, Carrie, over a half-hour later asking why her son was not there. Carrie says it’s only a 10 minute ride to the school.
Donnie said the driver of the van went to a gas station for awhile and then went home.
After the parents got suspicious, police called the driver who then found Donnie, saying the boy was asleep in the van.
The driver then took Donnie to school where state police and medics met the van.
The parents said they went through a range of emotions, and even though the van driver was immediately fired Friday, the Wilsons want school officials to review the case and make sure nothing like that ever happens again.
WSBT will have the full story, including comments from the family, tonight at 11:30.