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Cary kindergartner left at wrong bus stop

Posted September 21, 2011
Updated September 22, 2011

— A Cary bus driver is off of the road and an investigation is underway after a kindergartner was dropped off at the wrong stop last week, school district leaders said Wednesday.

Brenntly Brooks was waiting at the bus stop at Middleton Avenue for her daughter, a kindergartner at Northwood Elementary, last Friday. When the bus arrived, her 5-year-old daughter wasn’t on it.

“I was like, ‘Where is Misstique Brooks?’ and he (the bus driver) was like, ‘I don’t know who she is,’” Brooks said.

Brooks said she asked the driver where he dropped off her daughter, but he didn’t know.

“I had to ask other kids on the bus,” she said. “They pointed the way.”

Misstique had been dropped off at an earlier stop near Spruce Street. Brooks demanded the bus driver bring her there, where she found her daughter in tears.

“She was standing beside a tree with nobody around her,” Brooks said.

Brenntly Brooks Cary child left at wrong bus stop

Brooks said her daughter told the bus driver it wasn’t her stop, but he insisted she get off the bus.

School district leaders say it appears procedures were not followed. They said an adult was at the bus stop where the girl was dropped off, but the child did not know the person. 


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  • wildcat Sep 23, 2011

    Could it be the driver didn't know who the child was or where he dropped the child off at because he had no idea who the mother was and no obligation to know who her particular child was?

    Don't have to know the child personally. The bus driver should know WHO the children are that are riding his bus. The bus driver should know WHO to put off at what bus stop and WHO gets on his/her bus. It don't take a genius to know that. He could not even remember where he drop the child off at the wrong stop. The kids on the bus inform the mother. He should be fired like yesterday.

  • kermit60 Sep 23, 2011

    I'm sure some lawyer told her that if the story made the news it would help the inevitable lawsuit. Fire the driver but leave the school alone. They can't help it that this guy decided not to follow the rules.

  • LBJ192 Sep 23, 2011

    I feel horrible for the mother and child. I had a similar situation and I know it can be very frightening. Glad everything turned out well.

  • bmcleanshag Sep 22, 2011

    Best comments of all came from Teacher. She/he most likely has more knowledge of school requirements and rules and errors than any of these other posters, myself included. We are all expressing opinions. Why get so frantically strident? Its just too bad we don't all have a First Grandmother who can move in with us. Go teacher.

  • ncteacher22 Sep 22, 2011

    And another question....if this happened last Friday...why is it news now? Was Momma gonna sue WRAL, too, if they didn't finally run her story?

  • ncteacher22 Sep 22, 2011

    Thank you AX, best one I've read! :)

  • AX Sep 22, 2011

    Sorry but who names a child " Misstique"??? Talk about setting a child up.........

  • LBJ192 Sep 22, 2011

    When I was in school many many years ago, the bus drivers never paid any attention to where the kids got on or off the bus. We could get off at any stop we wanted. Agreed Wake County is much different now, but the drivers changed regularly and had no clue to which stop I should get off.

  • Classified Sep 22, 2011

    "Hugo, put yourself in a 5 yr olds shoes, she was left in a strange neighborhood, alone.... You are one to speak of reality, really." - shortcake53

    That's reality. What's your point?

  • NCAries Sep 22, 2011

    It's part of his job description. What do you mean he had "no obligation to know"?

    RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman

    If the driver's job is to drive the bus it's nice if they get to know the parent's of all the kids on the bus, but it's not something they are obligated to do. At best they should have some idea of the children they're responsible for. I walked my children around the areas where we lived and made sure they knew how to get home, even at 5 yo. As I said it was a mistake and the child and parent are alright and the bus driver is without employment. Right or wrong...it's done.