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Forum News Service, Published January 14 2013

Head Start student left on bus near Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn. - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is investigating why a child was left on a Head Start bus for three hours Monday morning in temperatures hovering at 0 degrees.

According to the tribe, the driver of the bus did not check to see if all students had left the bus after it stopped at the Head Start on tribal land near Cloquet. Tribal attorney Dennis Peterson said “we’re looking into it,” when asked about the boy, who apparently had fallen asleep in a seat.

He said the student was sent to a hospital for observation and was released in good shape later in the day. There were no details on how the boy was eventually discovered.

Fond du Lac runs its own transportation system and drivers are trained to search their buses after dropping students off, Peterson said.

Tribal chairwoman Karen Diver said the employees involved have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation continues.

“Tribal administration is taking it very seriously but do not have all the facts yet,” she said.