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Edgecombe bus driver didn't follow protocol

Posted August 30, 2010
Updated August 31, 2010

— A school bus driver in Edgecombe County won't be behind the wheel for a few days after an elementary school student was left on a bus, said Diane LeFiles, a spokeswoman for the district.

LeFiles said a child from Stocks Elementary in Tarboro was left on the bus when the driver got off the bus at the school. An assistant principal found the child a short time later.

Edgecombe school system's policy requires bus drivers to walk through the bus to be sure no students are left behind, LeFiles said.

The driver will be suspended from driving while an investigation is completed.


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  • nikkihux69 Aug 31, 2010

    Andthepointis, thanks for giving more clarification to this story. I myself am a former employee at Stocks as well as of a parent of 2 that attend school there. I am not saying that this driver did not make a mistake or that the parent of this child should not be upset, but as human beings I don't know of any of us who haven't made a mistake. As parents we make mistakes daily, nobody is perfect. When ur child gets hurt at home because u weren't watching them as carefully as u should have been do u get "fired" from being their parent. I know and have worked with every driver at this school and know how much they care about these children. They go home at night worried about these children. This driver was driving a bus to get your kids to school then had to be in the cafeteria to feed your child breakfast and then get to a classroom to help educate ur child. You might what to stop and think about how much they do for your child on a daily basis and still manage to keep them safe.

  • andthepointis Aug 31, 2010

    this happened first thing in the morning when the kids were unloading at school

  • andthepointis Aug 31, 2010

    What would be nice is if the rest of the story could be told. The driver made a mistake, that in fact any of us could have made. The driver admitted she didn't check it, she was trying to help get in and do cafeteria duty with all the confusion of stagerred enrollment. She was told she had 2 kindergardeners and when she called the kids off the bus by grades, she accounted for the 2. She admitted she made the mistake and is greatly sorry she did. She has been driving for 20-25+ years and has NEVER had a complaint or incident happen; granted when it comes to our children, yes we expect our kids to be safe, but tell me 1 person in the school system whom has never made a mistake, put a child on the wrong bus, left them on the playground....or better yet, screwed up on your own job. Its easier to sweep someone elses backdoor before we sweep our own. I have 3 kids of my own, and have had more than one incident on each of them where a teacher didn't let me know, mistakes can happen

  • lisa4 Aug 31, 2010

    Well put Winston - I agree 100%!!!!

  • GWALLY Aug 31, 2010

    ...and you are looking forward to inept health care from the gubment...???? HAAAAAA HAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • asdfg Aug 31, 2010

    I agree with others the driver should be fired. I wonder why the assistant principal was looking on the bus to have found the child. My guess is that a parent may have called the school when their child didn't arrive home on the bus when they should. The consequences of the driver not walking through the bus could have been so much worse and the driver should be fired to send a message to all the other drivers that there is no tolerance for skipping that duty.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Aug 31, 2010

    When I drove I checked every day morning and evening because young kids would fall asleep. We were trained to walk the bus every time we parked it. There is no excuse for it.

  • Gen1 Aug 31, 2010

    Had this been a daycare they would be closed now. There is no excuse for not taking the time to look and make sure no one is left or nothing is left on the bus. Diffently no excuse for dropping one off in the wrong place. That person should be fired on the spot..

  • smiley1637 Aug 31, 2010

    dmccoy, I live in wilson and I know exactly where you are talking about! we had a mix up when my daughter was 9 and it was the first and last time she rode the bus! nobody at the school knew where she was! and nobody thought about using the nextel phones to contact the bus driver....ended well but it was still scarey.

  • usmilewme2 Aug 31, 2010

    It's amazing how when something bad happens(*even by accident) no one steps up to take blame/responsiblity, but let something good happen or be up for grabs and everyone wants on the band wagon...