RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond school officials are being sued by the mother of a 4-year-old autistic boy who was left on a bus.
Nyheim Butler's lawsuit accuses Richmond Public Schools, the district's transportation director, a former bus driver and a former bus monitor of negligence.
The lawsuit seeks $350,000 in punitive damages and $150,000 in compensatory damages.
According to the lawsuit, Butler's son was left on a school bus in 90-plus degree heat for about an hour on July 6, 2010.
The driver of another bus discovered the boy.
A spokesman for the school district had no comment on the lawsuit. He tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/AdQmnB) that the bus driver and monitor are no longer employees of the school district.
The lawsuit was filed in Richmond Circuit Court in late December.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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