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School Bus Leaves 6-Year-Old Far From Home

Posted August 7, 2007

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— A Hoke County school bus driver has been pulled from a route after a 6-year-old boy was let off his bus a mile from home Monday.

Nikki Perez was riding the bus home from his Jump Start Program on Monday afternoon when the bus driver neglected to stop at the boy's assigned bus stop, said Nikki's mother Christina Perez.

Instead, the driver stopped where Nikki said he lived, which was actually a mile from his home, Christina Perez said.

"I was so worried. I'm just so glad to have him back," Perez said. "The bus driver didn't ask him his name, didn't check to see what child was getting off the bus."

Robert Creech, transportation director for the Hoke County school district, said driver violated policy by dropping Nikki off at an unauthorized stop.

The driver has been taken off the route, but Christina Perez said she thinks further discipline is needed.

"(It bothers me) when you think about everything and what could've happened," she said.

Nikki got home Monday afternoon because of a Good Samaritan named Josette Kare.

"There was a little boy running down the road. So, I slowed down, and he jumped in front of my vehicle and asked if I would bring him home," Kare said.

Christina Perez called Kare the family's guardian angel and said she was thankful for the woman's kind actions toward her son.

Creech said all drivers would be reminded during an orientation session Friday to let children off only at authorized bus stops.

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  • haulingbabies Aug 9, 2007

    obviously, this topic is too deep for narrow minds.. way too deep. NOBODY understands until they're in a certain situation. Wrap your head around THAT and you'll be open to learn. You must leave personalities out of it to learn. At this point, you're mired in a power struggle. Forget the struggle and LEARN.. That's all I'm trying to convey. However, some heads are just too thick...

  • LEO2 Aug 9, 2007

    hauling babies I am talking to YOU. You whine about all the problems but insist you LOVE your job.

    You are just like the energizer bunny; you just keep going and going and going....don't take that as a compliment.

    I read all the post and it appears that SpunkySouthernGirl42 posted her opinion and you took it personal...possibly with reason? Are you yourself guilty of something like this? I've always heard the guilty dog barks loudest and longest...and you're still going. Have a great day and I hope you get a job that is better for your attitude.

  • agentm Aug 9, 2007

    i want to also add did wral get both sides of the story ???? they never do and to the comment that the father made was not the truth. i am a parent at that same stop and my child got off and she is in kindergarden to.

  • haulingbabies Aug 9, 2007

    LEO..you have me confused with SPUNKY... obviously.

  • LEO2 Aug 9, 2007

    hauling babies...you sound like one of those people who if someone disagrees with you, he/she is a jerk. Get a grip. This bus driver was wrong for not verifying the address, the kid's parents (if they didn't) should've had the kid's address in his lunch box. Enough said.

  • agentm Aug 9, 2007

    i forgot to put this in my comment ...drivers did not missed the stops they go to the stops but once again ...when does parents resposablity come in the factor ..it is really sad when a child does not know thier own name ....and blame the bus driver for not doing the job...and the drivers went out of their way to go back to find the child not the paretns ...alot fo times when i am waiting at the stop for my child alot of parent or gaurdian are not out the to ge tthe child off the bus...once again me as a parent it is also up to the parents to teach the child .

  • agentm Aug 9, 2007

    I understand were the parents coming from ...but it also comes back to the parents in teaching the kids where to get off at to...you get kids that dont know their last names know where they stay and then you blame the bus dirvers but the drivers can have 60 to 70 kids on a bus ....also schools does not let the drivers know when a kid is new on the bus and let the driver know where they get off at....and to the the inccident in wake county drivers did go out of their way to make sure to find the child and alot of times parents or gaurdians are not out their to get a kindergarden off the bus...once again the driver is blame and looked at as not doing our job ..but once again it comes to the parents to teach their kids where to get off at...i know my child knew what her last name was and where to get off at....once again when does parents take resposablity of teaching the child where to get off at and also schools should inform when a new child should ride...

  • haulingbabies Aug 8, 2007

    ROCKN writes: When a driver misses a stop, what is the standard protocol? Do they backtrack or bring the kids back to the school? If they stop and a child neglects to get off the bus, is it the responsibility of the driver to check and make sure the kids get off the bus at their correct stop?

    When the driver did realize the mistake, what actions could have/should have been taken to correct the situation?

    Answer: When a driver misses a stop, they should go back around and deliver the child to the proper stop. Same goes for when a child neglects to get off at the stop. The driver should return the child to the stop UNLESS they have no idea which stop it is (ie; 1st of year, sub drivers, child rarely rides). In such a case, we NEXTEL our SuperV. and they track down the child's info and relay it to the driver ASAP. If no info can be found...BACK to school we go. We also follow a procedure when parking the bus to make certain NO CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND on the bus.

  • Rocknhorse Aug 8, 2007

    According to this article, the bus driver neglected to stop at the boy's assigned bus stop. That was definitely the driver's error.

    When a driver misses a stop, what is the standard protocol? Do they backtrack or bring the kids back to the school? If they stop and a child neglects to get off the bus, is it the responsibility of the driver to check and make sure the kids get off the bus at their correct stop?

    When the driver did realize the mistake, what actions could have/should have been taken to correct the situation?

    This was a bad situation that thanks to the help of a good samaritan turned out OK. I think there are things that could be learned by the mistake so that it won't happen again!

  • haulingbabies Aug 8, 2007

    Splitting hairs are we? Haul...Take.. Yes..you're in it only for the confrontation and sake of argument. What do you think a bus carrying up to 72 kids is?? It's a HAULER. I'm here to help defend bus drivers who have to put up with completely NON-understanding people such as yourself. You refuse to hear the other side. You simply sling rocks and un-educated remarks like it's every day for you. You have NO idea what it's like to love driving a bus. I simply have empathy...obviously a quality not possessed by many. I was only commenting on your slant of handling comments in such a negative and non-Christian-behaving way. Asking questions is much more friendly and acceptable. Being so blunt and not wanting to educate one self further regarding the issue is putting up walls. Not everything is perfect in the system. We drivers work with what we're given. It goes much further. Just be open enough to WANT to learn. I'll be happy to enlighten you. Just ask!! :o)

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