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Preschooler left alone on Sunnyside bus

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An investigation is underway at Sunnyside School District after a boy was left on a bus Tuesday morning.

The preschooler's mother, Cindy Oroz, says she got a call from Sunnyside's Ocotillo Early Learning Center at 5702 S. Campbell late in the morning, saying her son was not at school.

District officials say they found the three-year-old boy, David Oroz, on the bus at the bus yard.

"They told me that my son was in the bus for one-hour-and-a-half with the doors closed. He was buckled and crying hysterically. And they opened the bus. They took him from the buckle and he cried and hugged the people that were in the bus with him," Oroz says.

"When they brought him to me, he said his stomach hurt. He was still crying. I took him to the hospital. The police came there in the hospital. They talked to me. And he keeps saying that his stomach hurts. Even in the morning today, when he woke up he said, ‘my stomach still hurts.  I don't want to go on the bus, mommy. I'll cry again,'" Oroz says.

Oroz says she is pulling her son out of school where he is in speech therapy.

She says district officials have called to apologize, but she is still angry.

District officials say the bus driver and the bus monitor are on paid suspension as the district investigates the incident.

The officials say it's possible their procedures were not followed.

They say disciplinary action can range from a letter of reprimand to termination.

"At this point we will continue to investigate the details of the case. We will continue to pursue disciplinary action as we see fit, based upon our findings. We will revisit all our current practices and procedures, and if there are any places where we need improvement, we will continue to improve upon those safeguards," says Sunnyside Assistant Superintendent For Curriculum and Instruction Steven Holmes.

Tucson police say the police report will be forwarded to TPD's Dependent Child Unit to see if there should be further investigation by the department.

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