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Raleigh police find missing 6-year-old boy

Posted June 26, 2014

Chris Gathuri Gacheru

— A cognitively impaired 6-year-old boy who was missing for several hours Thursday morning after getting on the wrong school bus was found unharmed, Raleigh police said.

Chris Gathuri Gacheru took the bus from his home on Holston Lane and wound up at a YMCA program at St. Augustine's University.

A spokeswoman with the Wake County Public School System said Chris' mother mistakenly put him on the wrong bus, which was operated by the YMCA. She thought he was on a bus to Oak Grove Elementary School.

University officials said the YMCA-sponsored program uses space on the campus but is not affiliated with St. Augustine's.

Tony Campione, a spokesman for the YMCA of the Triangle, declined to comment on the incident, citing privacy issues.

"However, the safety of all children is our top priority. We continually review and update policies and procedures to help us live up to that commitment," he said in an email to WRAL News.


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  • boysmom Jun 26, 2014

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    No WCPSS did nothing wrong. This child's mother put her son on a Y:MCA bus...it was not affiliated with WCPSS. Please know your facts before you disparage.

  • K Hope Capps Jun 26, 2014
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    Glad he is safe and sound.

  • Kristin Byrne Jun 26, 2014
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    Another article states that there had been a recent change in his transportation, which could definitely explain the mix-up.

  • busyb97 Jun 26, 2014

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    Now we know she was the one who put him on the bus. How many buses come to that location that she would mistake which bus it he was supposed to be on? Is this a year-round school? Is he new to this or been doing it all year? Just trying to make sense of how, if he's been in school all year, he'd end up on the wrong bus?

    Glad he was found though. He probably got pretty excited when he ended up at the YMCA instead of school! :)

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 26, 2014

    Oh what a cutie pie, so glad he was found safe and sound!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jun 26, 2014

    Yes, its stressful, but when a child gets on the wrong bus in the morning, they end up in a safe place until it's figured out.

  • ashewing Jun 26, 2014

    Where was the parent when this 6 year old got on the wrong bus?? Don't be so quick to judge the bus driver. Could have been a substitute driver.

  • MudLife Jun 26, 2014

    Was there an adult with him to make sure he got on the correct bus?? Bus drivers arent suppose to pick kids up if that's not their normal rider without a note. At least that's what I've heard from other drivers.

  • Billy Mae Sutten Jun 26, 2014
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    Poor fella. Why would a parent let their special needs child get on the incorrect bus and why would the bus driver let him off the bus? This makes not sense. If something happens to this little angels, his parents and that bus driver should be charged.

  • Doseofreality88 Jun 26, 2014

    He is too young to be going out to the bus by his self. I pray that he is going to be okay and that if he is with someone, that they do the right thing and call 911 to get him home with his parents. With his cognitive impairment it may be hard for him to communicate.