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Apology over autistic Tyrone boy left alone on bus

Arvalee School
Arvalee School
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The family of a Co Tyrone schoolboy with autism who was left strapped inside a bus on his own for several hours have received a formal apology from the Education Authority (EA).

The eight-year-old, who is understood to have non-verbal autism, was left on the bus at an EA depot in Killyclogher for four hours on July 2.

He was due to attend a summer scheme at Arvalee School and Resource Centre in nearby Omagh.

The boy was left strapped in the bus and only discovered when a depot worker walked past the vehicle.

A spokeswoman for the EA, which is investigating the incident, said the boy's family had received a "full written apology".

Arvalee school said it could not comment on the EA's policies but added it was "greatly perplexed by the situation".

However, it expressed faith in the EA's "in-depth investigation, action taken and review of procedures put in place that will ensure this will not happen again".

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