Child Injured On School Bus Did Not Have Seatbelt - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Child Injured On School Bus Did Not Have Seatbelt

Posted: Updated:
OXFORD CIRCLE -

A mother says her 6-year old son with autism was hurt on his school bus because he wasn't buckled in. He can't do it himself and his mom says the bus aide won't do it for him.

Somebody dropped the ball. The Philadelphia School District admitted that a 6-year-old-boy with special needs should have been buckled into a seat belt, but that never happened and now the first grader is recovering at home with 2 staples in his head.

Devon Jankowski is a huge fan of superheroes. His current favorite is Ironman.

Devon also loves his teacher and friends in first grade at Laura H. Carnell Elementary School, He hasn't been to school since last Thursday when his bus stopped short and he went flying, leaving him with 2 large staples in his head.

"I ran onto the bus and he was gushing blood it was really bad he was screaming it was horrible," Deborah Jankowski said. "I just wanted to keep my kids safe, Accidents happen I understand that but this accident was the result of him not wearing a seatbelt. Just put the seatbelt on him. That's all I'm asking."

A copy of Devon's education plan states the autistic first grader needs to be buckled in because he can't do it himself, but even after the accident the bus driver told mom he didn't have that paperwork.

So she had the school send it to the bus company again, but she says she was told no one could help for 7 to 10 days.

"I trusted them. I put my child in their trust to keep him safe. They failed to do that and whether it was a miscommunication between the school or them not having the right paperwork, let's just fix it now. He needs to be in a seatbelt. Why are they fighting me on this, " Deborah asked.

The Philadelphia School District agrees.

"The education plan for the child did state that the child needed to be buckled up and he was not buckled up," Fernando Gallard, a Philly Public Schools Spokesman said.

 Spokesman Fernando Gallard says there wasn't even a seatbelt on the bus for Devon until they installed a new one yesterday. He promised that Devon will be belted in if his mom choses to send him back to school tomorrow.

Devon's mom tells us he'll return to school tomorrow, and she'll be watching to make sure he's buckled in.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Kraft Foods Group Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Hot Dogs

    Kraft Foods Group Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Hot Dogs

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:20:55 GMT
    Kraft Foods Group, Inc. has issued a recall for approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners.
    Kraft Foods Group, Inc. has issued a recall for approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners.
  • Four Injured In Car Crash On I-295

    Four Injured In Car Crash On I-295

    Four Injured In Car Crash On I-295

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-04-20 22:18:55 GMT
    Four people were taken to the hospital on Sunday afternoon after a two car collision on the southbound lanes of I-295 in West Deptford.Police say the driver of a Nissan and another vehicle with 3 passengers collided. Their vehicles ended up stopped on the left lane of I-295. All four victims were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.The far left lane of I-295 southbound was blocked as crews cleared the scene.
    Four people were taken to the hospital on Sunday afternoon after a two car collision on the southbound lanes of I-295 in West Deptford.Police say the driver of a Nissan and another vehicle with 3 passengers collided. Their vehicles ended up stopped on the left lane of I-295. All four victims were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.The far left lane of I-295 southbound was blocked as crews cleared the scene.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices