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Second-grader left by bus driver

Posted July 23, 2008 10:41 p.m. EDT
Updated July 24, 2008 4:52 p.m. EDT

— 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.