A bus driver was fired after neglecting to check her vehicle and leaving behind a sleeping 8-year-old girl who had to fend off an attack dog in order to get help when she awoke alone.
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Terzaria Mathews, a second-grade student at ASPIRA charter school, was supposed to be dropped off at an aftercare facility Thursday, but she fell asleep in her seat and was left on the bus alone, WSVN reported.
"She's like, 'Mommy, I had to open the school bus and climb the gate,'" Lashandia Jackson, Mathews' mother, told WSVN.
Mathews threw her backpack at a guard dog before scaling a fence and walking another 300 feet to a school, where she was able to call her mother.
The bus driver, who was fired from Advance Bus Service, said she forgot to check the vehicle at the end of her route, WSVN reported.
The bus driver went over to Mathews’ house and apologized to her family.
Her parents drove her to school Friday morning and will continue to do so, at least temporarily.
"Right now, she's going to be talking to a counselor, and we'll go from there," Jackson told WSVN. "She was not able to sleep last night at all, still can't sleep. She's worried about today. It's just hard."