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Two kindergartners found after getting on wrong bus in Raleigh

Posted August 13, 2013
Updated August 14, 2013

Two kindergartners who hopped on the wrong bus after school Tuesday afternoon were found at a daycare center in Raleigh several hours later.

— Two kindergartners who hopped on the wrong bus after school Tuesday afternoon were found at a daycare center in Raleigh several hours later. 

It was Ava Washington and Zyion Eatmon's first day of school at PreEminent Charter School on Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh. After students were dismissed around 3:15 p.m., it began to storm and school officials called for the children to come back inside.

That's when they realized that Ava and Zyion, both 5, were missing.

Raleigh police said the bus took the children to Kids Playworld at 2431 Spring Forest Road, where officials noticed two remaining students after the rest of the children had been picked up by their parents. Authorities found the children there around 8 p.m.

Both Ava and Zyion are OK and were reunited with their parents Tuesday night.

Editor's Note: Based on information from Raleigh police, WRAL News originally incorrectly reported that the girls were taken to another child care facility.


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  • rtend12 Aug 23, 2013

    I don't even know why these stories make news. Something like this happens every year, and everything turned out fine. I got left once at my Elementary school. Shocker, no one called the police or the press, and no one lost their job or went to jail. Mistakes happen. Learn from them and move on.

  • tao90 Aug 14, 2013

    Thank God those kids are fine! :)

  • smcdavis2 Aug 14, 2013

    Okay...as someone who use to WORK at this school...there are NO public school busses. Parent are responsible to transport their children. There are also two or three day care vans that transport students, but no public school busses. Also, this is not a Wake County Public School. It is a public school IN Wake County...but there is a very big distinction.

  • carssclan Aug 14, 2013

    Sounds like a great daycare, they didn't notice the kids didn't belong there for over 2 hours.

    Wake County drops the ball on dismissal procedures - they let the little ones walk to their buses all alone, it's a wonder this doesn't happen more often. They should be put on their buses by their teachers. That's how they do it other places.

  • edriscoll23 Aug 14, 2013

    Glad they are ok but what kind of daycare doesn't notice that they have kids are not registered with them.

  • happy2.0 Aug 14, 2013

    I wish there was a gadget for these young kids (elementary) to wear that would "ding" if they got on the right bus and "bzzzz" if they got on the wrong one. It would be easy enough to invent but the school systems just don't have the money to invest.

  • Scubagirl Aug 14, 2013

    Glad these children are safe but HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN???????????

  • lovey259932 Aug 14, 2013

    Wow, where to start? Not even sure how this happened? Why were the children out of sight at school long enough to stow-away on a school bus before they were missed? Why was there not a head count for the bus driver as to how many were to be dropped at said Daycare? Why did the Daycare not have some sort of list of children to expect getting off that bus??? Although it was the first day of Kindergarten and their is much uncertainty the first day of school for these little ones, the adults and establishments that encountered them were incompetent all the way around. Scratching my head???

  • OGE Aug 14, 2013

    I think the school and bus mistakes demonstrate a need for improvement and more attention the first week, but I am quite satisfied with the way the daycare behaved. It would be better if they identified that the kids didn't belong sooner, but taking children in and keeping them safe first and asking questions later is a good model for a daycare.

    According to some people on here the daycare should have kicked them out and said you aren't enrolled here it's time for you to leave!

  • NewLovingLIfe Aug 14, 2013

    I always hear about this type of thing at the beginning all the school year, all the chaos I guess. Good thing they were at least dropped off at a daycare center and not in a random neighborhood where they could have been kidnapped.