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School board wants answers after girl’s death

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School board members in Hillsborough County say they are shocked and angered they did not know more about the death of a little girl on a school bus back in January.

Only one of the seven school board members has said she was aware of the death of 7-year-old Isabella Herrera.

It's been one week since we've seen horrible video of the incident. Herrera, who had a neuromuscular disorder, died after choking in her wheelchair. The aides on the bus pulled off the road, but never called 911.

They instead called the girl's mother, and she was the one who called 911. But it was too late. Her daughter died at a nearby hospital.

The family is filing a lawsuit, and school board members are expected to take up the issue Thursday at a meeting.

Board members will meet "behind closed doors" but several board members have already talked about what they think should happen.

Herrera's disorder required her to be in a wheelchair tilted back so her head would not move forward. The family's attorney said the aides did not do that, and that the district is negligent.

School board members say they have a lot of questions about how the district handed Herrera's case, and why they did not know about an incident that happened in January.

Other board members say those questions will be asked in a public meeting as well because other parents deserve to know what's going on in their schools.

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