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A Cedar Falls mom had to pick her son up from full band practice Wednesday morning after the bus driver left him for not wearing a mask. The fifth-grader student had icicles under his nose after waiting about 20 minutes in a minus-15 degree windchill.

Multiple elementary schools were together practicing at Hansen Elementary School. But after practice, the 11-year-old was supposed to get on the bus and go to Lincoln Elementary.


“Masks are not required at school, and he has an exemption filed with the school anyway just in case they decided to pull that,” the mother said. “He went to get on the bus with the rest of his classmates and the bus driver wouldn’t let him on. She said that he needed a mask.”

The boy explained to the driver he has an exemption with the school and did not have a mask, but the driver reportedly told the boy he needed to have his papers with him.

The boy was hoping the driver would be able to just check for the papers at the school when they arrived, but instead she shut the door on him and left him, according to the boy’s mother.

“It was negative-15 degree windchill this morning and she didn’t give him any instruction like go back in the school and call your mom,” the mother said. “He had his cell phone with him, so he called me and I came and picked him up.”

The obvious concern is what would’ve happened had the boy not had his cell phone.

“He didn’t know anybody there, it wasn’t his school so he wasn’t familiar with it,” the mother said. “When he called me I could tell he was a little shaken up and didn’t want anyone to see him like that. Luckily I made him take his cell phone with him this morning. He still ended up waiting outside for me for like 20 minutes. When I picked him up he had icicles under his nose.

“These are the same kids on the bus that he’s spending the entire school day with. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.”

The mother said she isn’t sure what her next steps are regarding the situation.

Author: Jacob Hall

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  1. Sue the bus driver for endangering a child. There is no policy that authorizes a bus driver to abandon any child. And if, per chance there is, sue the school board for violating the child’s constitutional rights. Parents entrust their children to the care of a school and that trust was maliciously violated. The bus driver is heartless and should be banned for life from any job or program to do with children.

  2. I am from Cedar Falls and I am appalled at this heartless driver who should be fired. The b I y is with those kids all day. H e could have frozen outside or out very sick.


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