Bus Driver Suspended For Not Reporting Attempted Abduction

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(Scene of reported attempted abduction in Elyria.)

ELYRIA, Ohio — A bus driver was suspended after he allegedly failed to report the  attempted abduction of one of his student passengers.

The incident reportedly happened around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday on West River Road North in Elyria and involved an 11-year-old girl.

She said as she was waiting for the bus, a red Kia Rio pulled into the area and a woman in a black business suit stepped out of the car.

According to police, the woman said, “Hey little girl, do you want a hug?” then approached her with outstretched arms.

The girl avoided the woman, and once she managed to get on the bus safely she told the driver what happened.

First Student, the bus company, said it requires its drivers to immediately report emergency situations and is investigating the allegations the driver in question did not follow protocol.

“The safety and security of our students is our core value and a responsibility we take very seriously. First Student is conducting a full internal investigation into the incident,” the company said in an email to Fox 8 News.

It also said the driver had been with the company since 2004 and had an excellent road record.

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