A Florida bus driver reportedly refused to help a student who was suffering a medical emergency that could have taken his life. Instead of taking Andrew Shepard straight home or to the hospital, the bus driver apparently dropped him off at his bus stop and drove away.
Andrew, an 8th-grader in South Florida, has diabetes and Addison’s disease, which can cause him to suffer seizures due to low blood sugar. The student went through the frightening ordeal on his Broward County school bus Tuesday, WSVN reports.
"He was on the bus in the back, and I turned around and saw him twitching," said Shepard's sister Jazmen Lucas.
Jazmen immediately asked for help from the bus driver.
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"I said, 'Can you take me home like to my house because he's having a seizure?'” said Jazmen. “And he was like, 'No, you have to get off the bus.'"
"I called my mom, and she called 911."
Andrew’s mother, Cynthia Shepard, is shocked that the bus driver could have simply refused to help her son in a life-threatening emergency.
"He looked my child in his face and told him to get off the bus," said Cynthia Shepard. "How do you do that?"
Jazmen even had to carry her brother off the bus.
"Having a seizure is like dead weight. He's a big kid. It takes a lot for her to do that by herself," the distraught mother said, through tears. "I'm beyond furious."
After letting the kids off, the bus driver sped away.
Neighbors came out to help and the paramedics arrived, Cynthia Shepard said.
"The paramedics got there, his blood sugar was 30. A normal blood sugar is 80 to 120. He can die. He can go into a diabetic coma and die."
The mom slammed the bus driver for being a “coward.”
“If my daughter was not there, my son wouldn't be here today," she said in tears. "All he had to do was call 911. No one asked you to help him, put your hands on him or anything, just call 911, and you didn't."
The Broward County School Board said it was investigating the situation.