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Wake schools investigating why child was mistakenly sent on bus

Posted November 29, 2010
Updated November 30, 2010

— Wake County school bus driver was pulled off the road last week after she delivered an elementary student to the wrong place.

Greg Thomas, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, said the 6-year-old student was supposed to be picked up by his mother but got on a bus Tuesday instead.

He was dropped off about three miles from home, but someone picked him up and took him back to school.

The child was not harmed.

The school system said a confluence of factors contributed to the mix-up: the student had a substitute teacher and might have been trying to go home with a friend.

The driver will not be behind the wheel until school officials figure out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again.

Thomas pointed out that the driver has no other complaints in her personnel file.


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  • akngill Dec 1, 2010

    This is not the driver's fault not at all.The entire responsibility goes to teachers & parents as they directly deal with childrens not the drivers at school bus. Some times parents or guardians are not at bus stop to attend child then how can a WCPSS driver handle or take care the child. he is supposed to drop all the childrens at destinations. I am against % to the precedures of WCPSS & their are loop holes in WPCSS systems. School bus drivers job is very challenging and they deserve humanity based rules & regulations as many school bus drivers loose their jobs due to the negligence or mis narrations of parents, teachers or childrens. Wcpss should review their Unfair regulations towards Drivers as they are in trouble. they are humans at all why Wcpss authorities don't deal Drivers on equality basis. From AKNG(A HUMANITARIAN)

  • Shamrock Nov 30, 2010

    "Maybe if more people did w/o and changed their priorities we wouldn't have so many kids end up in jail. Or worse." waiting

    Everyone's situations are different and you do not know all the details of everyone else's life and have no right to judge. I think it is smart to think ahead and bring income into your house so you can provide what your child needs, how you going to pay for your children's college? How are you going to pay for retirement? Improve yourself and leave everyone else alone.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Nov 30, 2010

    " very disrespectful to those of us who don't have a choice."
    You have a choice, you choose not to. Yes I have kids and choose to. Maybe if more people did w/o and changed their priorities we wouldn't have so many kids end up in jail. Or worse.

  • DWH4sure Nov 30, 2010

    Waitingformytaxincrease - do you even have children? Doesn't sound like it. My child rides the bus to and from school because both my husband and I work full-time. I would give anything to be able to stay home, not work and take her to and from school, but that's not how my life ended up. Your comments are very disrespectful to those of us who don't have a choice.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Nov 30, 2010

    Ahh Heavenscent...if only you would read. In your attempt to bash teachers, you look foolish. As other stations are reporting, the child LIED to a subsitute, and has admitted it. This teacher actually DID listen to the child, and look at the mess that has been caused for so many people...all because a child told a lie that then snowballed into a huge mess.

  • thecatsmeow67 Nov 30, 2010

    In Orange County, a child cannot get on a bus unless the parents calls/emails/writes a note to the principal giving permission, otherwise that child will be in afterschool or carline

  • jonathanandpaula23 Nov 30, 2010

    For safety reasons alone, I will make sure my child is a car rider. It is not convenient and I would prefer it to be different, however, my child's safety is FIRST!!!!

  • RB-1 Nov 30, 2010

    kristn - "With the child being 6 years old, the bus driver was not allowed to drop the child off without an adult or older sibling at the bus stop."

    That's exactly right.

    That this child was let off at the wrong stop with no responsible person to meet them there as is school board policy, someone driving a bus has egg on their face.

    Again, thank God this child wasn't picked up by someone like Jeffrey Dahmer.

    In today's world, that could EASILY happen.

  • RB-1 Nov 30, 2010

    Waiting - "Give them a small credit for their inconvenience, but starting January 1, 2011 there will be no more school buses on our roads."

    You're assuming everyone in the county has a car. Many don't. Can't afford them even with full time jobs. What then happens to their children?

    See what happens when you think you have the perfect solution? You find out you don't and then look foolish.

  • RB-1 Nov 30, 2010

    Thank God for the GOOD Samaritan that helped this child get back to the school. It could have turned out so much worse cause he might have gotten picked up by a Jeffrey Dahmer instead.

    Would like to know if the child tried to tell the teacher what was going on? Teachers often don't listen to what children are trying to tell them.

    Don't know why.