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Second-grader left by bus driver

Posted July 23, 2008
Updated July 24, 2008

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— A Wake Forest mother says that, instead of taking her second-grader to school, a school bus driver told the boy to leave the bus and left him on the side of the road – alone.

At the intersection of Clarincarde Court and Penfold Lane, Lisa McGlohon said she watched son Brady climb on his school bus. Since she thought everything was OK, McGlohon left the bus stop to go about her day.

However, Brady never made it to North Forest Pines Elementary School.

McGlohon said even though the bus delivers children to Brady's school, the bus her son got on Wednesday, July 16, was not his assigned bus. Instead of taking Brady to school anyway, McGlohon said the driver dropped him back off on the corner – all by himself.

"He is 6 years old and he shouldn't be left alone at any given time,” she added.

Brady was frightened and crying, but he was also smart. When he realized he was alone, he went door to door at neighbors' homes asking for help.

A neighbor got Brady safely to school. His mother is still concerned and wants to make sure this doesn't happen to another child.

"I really just don't feel that he should be driving a bus,” McGlohon said of the bus driver.

Wake County school officials told WRAL the driver is no longer driving a bus and that there is a personnel inquiry into the incident.

In the meantime, Brady is riding the car to school.

"Sad, really sad,” Brady said of his ordeal.

School officials agree the incident happened as McGlohon described it. They also said no other buses were scheduled to come by after Brady was dropped off.


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  • Starlyte Jul 30, 2008

    Justin T. - CLEARLY not a parent. I am sorry but more incidents happen now than EVER. AS for telling the parents to look in the home please...why not check YOUR statistics before coming here posting complete nonsense. I have heard and seen many incidents on the buses that were the bus drives fault. From not letting the kids push down the windows, to leaving children on the bus.
    Gullible? Because parents care or are concerned, and RIGHTFULLY so for the kids well being on a school bus? Ignorant.

    As for not playing out in the streets, it is not as it use to be. I guess I am gullible for saying that? I am a parent of two, who as you, rode the bus, played out in the streets or neighborhood with my friends, now a days it is just not safe and its not about being abducted its other people you just can not trust. I see nothing wrong with being concerned for your child. Times are changing.

    And btw, this mother had every right to worry, the kid was 6 for the love of god.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 30, 2008

    Another reason that socio-economic (race) based busing should be stopped in Wake County. Wake County needs to convert to neighborhood schools that kids can walk to from their home.

    Plus, eliminating socio-economic (race) based busing will save Wake County several million dollars from money not spent on diesel fuel for the socio-economic (race) based busing.

  • Citizen7265 Jul 30, 2008

    Justin T. please provide your sources for your statistics. I would really like to read that.

  • Citizen7265 Jul 30, 2008

    Justin T.
    The U.S. Department of Justice reports:

    797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
    203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
    58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
    115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. .
    [Andrea J. Sedlak, David Finkelhor, Heather Hammer, and Dana J. Schultz. U.S. Department of Justice. "National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview" in National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of

  • mmafighterwife Jul 30, 2008

    The fact of the matter here is this CHILD is 6 years old and I don't care if the bus drove him back up in his driveway to the front door, it was irresponsible for the driver to pull away first of all and then take him back and drop him off. Even if he was on the wrong bus or not he should have been driven to his school and dropped off at the office and the driver should have told the administrators, this child was on my bus and it was not the right one please notify parents to make sure he gets on the right bus. Should he lose his job? I don't know I don't know bus rules and regulations, but I know it was not a wise decision, not this day and time.

  • 4given Jul 30, 2008

    Once the child steps on the bus he/she is now under the school system's care. Just like a field trip, inside a classroom setting, or on the school playground. The driver has the responsibility to make sure that the child is safe and gets to either school or home in their parent's care. In this case, since the parent was not at the stop any longer then the driver was supposed to make sure that the child was taken to a place (school) where they could get to where he needed to be.

  • Winston Jul 30, 2008

    Some people can't remember their bus number from day to day, but they can sure complain everyday.

  • Citizen7265 Jul 30, 2008

    Maybe you should readB4USpeak: This happened in Wake Forest, NOT Cary!

  • Justin T. Jul 30, 2008

    OK... someone please show me some numbers that demonstrate that a child is less safe today waiting for the bus than, say, 20 years ago.

    I think that the amount of media that we are all absorbing is the only change. You all think that things are worse because there is more coverage now.

    Jeez... I just wish that parents weren't so gullible. If one little boy misses his bus, for whatever reason, everyone should not freak out and demand that the world stand on its head.

    I find it funny that as I drive home there are mobs of parents waiting at their child's bus stop. Worry, worry, worry. None of the kids in my neighborhood are ever out playing in the streets like we did when I was a lad.

    Meanwhile, the statistic that I read from 2006 was that the number of children that were abducted by strangers was 11 nationwide. Yes, 11 kids were nabbed by a pervert.

    Chances are, if you all are so worried about your kids, you should be looking inside your home... not at bus drivers.

  • Thinkb4uspeak Jul 30, 2008

    Everyone is looking for someone to blame. 270 posts?! Good God! If the driver assumed that the child's gaurdian was present, then that would explain why he had him step off of the bus. If the driver believed that no gaurdian accompanied the youngster on his walk, then that would explain why he (the driver) may have felt the child was capable of making his way home. He (the driver) would probably be thinking, "If his parents let him walk to the bus stop on his own, he must live close or be old enough and mature enough to get back home by himself...I don't know where he lives..and this isn't his route. I am still responsible for getting 40 other kids to school on time.", ya know?
    Kids get left by the school bus everyday. Only in Cary is ti newsworthy. Likely just a diffusion of responsibility. Nobody needs to loose their job over it.