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Wake County bus driver leaves two children at bus stop

Posted June 21, 2016 4:14 p.m. EDT
Updated June 21, 2016 6:57 p.m. EDT

— Wake County School Officials said Tuesday that they support a bus driver who left two Wilburn Elementary School students at a bus stop on Monday.

The two children were left at a school bus stop in front of the Lake Woodard Apartments in Raleigh. The bus pulled up but the kids never got on, according to Wake County School officials.

According to the mother of one of the kids, her child, 7, was asked to help a 5-year-old who stepped in dog feces.

The 5-year-old eventually made it to school, but the 7-year-old was later found crying and wandering a neighborhood. The mother of the 7-year-old said a stranger picked up her daughter and brought her to school.

"Our review has determined that the bus driver in this case followed the proper protocol by waiting for the students to return to the bus,” Wake County Schools said Tuesday in a statement. “Our GPS indicates that the bus driver waited over five minutes for the students to return. When the students didn't return, the bus driver resumed the route."

The mother of one of the children was at the Wake County Courthouse on Monday trying to press charges against the bus driver.

Officials said the bus driver, whose name has not been released, notified school officials once they arrived back at school.

Transportation officials told WRAL News that the bus driver could have called a supervisor from the bus stop, but it was a judgment call that a school spokeswoman said the school system supports.