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Mom of napping 6th grader left on school bus still waiting for apology

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

An 11-year-old St. Paul student forgotten on the school bus is talking about his ordeal for the first time, hoping this never happens to anyone else.

Shawn Jordan said he was alone inside the school bus for at least 45 minutes before waking up from a nap.

Even though the bus driver is being blamed for this mistake, the 6th grader is now telling his Humboldt Secondary School classmates to always be alert throughout the ride.

“I've never like stayed in a deep sleep like that,” he said.

When Shawn finally woke up from his slumber, he was far from his bedroom.

“When I looked out the window, all I could see were other buses and there was nobody else on the bus, and the bus driver was gone,” he said.

Shawn found himself in the parking lot of Centerline Charter, almost 4 miles from his St. Paul home.

St. Paul school leaders said the driver forgot to do a mandatory check of the bus before he left, and is now banned from working in the district.

When Shawn Jordan finally did get out of the bus, he left the parking lot and crossed a busy street, heading over to O'Reilly Auto Parts to call his mom at home for help.

“I think he's awesome for waking up and realizing where he was and come to a safe place,” said Shawn’s mom, Evita Christopher. “He didn't give up. He figured his way through it.”

Christopher is still waiting for an apology from the driver and says a spokesperson with the company continues to be evasive.

“She was very rude,” Christopher said. “She was very nonchalant about what had occurred.”

But after all this, there’s one lesson she's teaching her son.

“Never pretty much rely on anyone. You have to rely on yourself.”

And he's already starting to learn.

“I know I won't be going to sleep again,” Shawn said.

For the second day in a row, no one from Centerline Charter returned our calls. When we showed up to the company parking lot in St. Paul, we were asked to leave the property.

School district officials are still investigating this incident, but admit another student was left on the bus 15 years ago.

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