YORK -- York school district officials on Monday wrapped up their investigation into last week's incident involving a bus driver and a 9-year-old student who was bitten by a dog.
The driver, whose name was not available, had been placed on leave after Austin Blair Orr was bitten Thursday by a dog -- described as a chow mix --when he left the bus before his stop to help a younger child return home safely.
"What we find is that the bus driver gave permission for the child to get off the bus," district Superintendent Russell Booker said. "That's a violation of our policy."
Policy mandates students are to get off the bus only at their designated stops, Booker said. He did not say how the driver was disciplined.
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"The driver made a mistake," Booker said. "It was unfortunate in what happened to Austin, and for that we're sorry. We're very fortunate that it didn't turn out to be worse."
Austin, a fourth-grader at Hunter Street Elementary School, was bitten on his hand and left hip along Osteen Road, about a half-mile from his home. He was taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.
Around 3:15 p.m., the driver told Austin to get off the bus to knock on a house door to see if anyone was home before a 5-year-old got off the bus, according to police reports. No cars were at the house, the report states.
As Austin came down the steps, the dog knocked him down and bit him, said Sherry Elks, the boy's grandmother. Police reports show the dog was tied in the yard.
Austin's sister tried to leave the bus to help, but the driver would not let her leave the bus, according to the report. It also states that the driver did not get off the bus to help.
"I'm angry," Elks said of the attack. "It's not over with."
Animal control responded and quarantined the dog, according to the report.
"Our goal is to make sure this doesn't happen with any more drivers in our district," he said.