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Parents of Autistic Teen Who Died on Whittier School Bus Praise New Safety Law

According to the Whittier Daily News, a day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1072, which was written after an autistic Whittier teen died last year when he was left unattended on a bus for several hours, his family said they hoped the new law would prevent unnecessary deaths.

Hun Joon “Paul” Lee’s parents, Eun Ha Lee and Sang Sik Lee, and his sister, Eiden Lee, joined the bill’s author, state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, in front of Whittier City Hall on Wednesday to acknowledge the governor’s action.

“This bill will protect the most vulnerable of our students, like my son, who we tragically lost last year,” Eun Ha Lee said, as she fought back tears.

“The signing of this bill is a warm hug from heaven,” she added.

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