Last Thursday at 7 am, a mother in Wuhan walked her 4-year-old son to the school bus as she had every morning. At 4 pm, she received a call from the kindergarten telling her that her son was dead.
The little boy, named Tiantian, had been left trapped in the school bus for more than seven hours. On that day, the temperature in Wuhan was 30 degrees Celsius.
According to a Knews report, the “school bus” was not, in fact, an official one with yellow paint and its own stop sign. Instead, it was simply the personal vehicle of the kindergarten principal’s husband, who severed as a part-time bus driver. On the morning of May 24th, the driver dropped the eight children off at the unlicensed kindergarten run by his wife where they were taken inside by a pair of teachers. He then drove the vehicle off and parked it at his place of work.
Somehow, both he and the teachers had failed to notice that Tiantian had not gotten off the bus.
It wasn’t until the kindergarten principal arrived at the vehicle to drive the kids back home at around 3 pm that the boy was finally found, unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save his life.
Both the principal and her husband have been detained by police who are currently still investigating the case. Soon after he was informed of the tragedy, Tiantian’s father told the media that he doesn’t want compensation, “I just want my boy back.”