Just my opinion, sounds like the bus driver was caught in the middle She
followed policy to let the child off the bus at a stop after the child could not
reach her mother on her cell phone. I have seen some of these children on
buses, If I went home and told my mother or father that I had been bungee corded
to the seat, my parents would want to know why and punishment would be my
reward. The mother didn't write a note, didn't answer her phone, I
feel bad for the child, but rules are rules.
@ Leah. After reading your comment I reread the article twice and believe you
are mistaken. There is no rule that she has to be dropped off at the next
possible stop, and common sense would say not to do it anyway. She's 7
years old!! Glad she is safe at home and hope this doesn't happen again.
I always thought 7 was too young to have a cell phone, but it sure was a good
thing in this case. The bus driver should have taken her back to the
school...use some common sense!I would be furious!
Leah, the bus driver was at fault. Policy was not followed from the start. The
driver was to check for a note prior to letting the young girl on the bus, at
the very least before they left the school. Then the child would have been left
at the school and could have walked home, like she usually does.Once
the bus left the school, the driver has taken responsibility for the child. At
that point the driver was to let the child off at the next stop, IF the
transportation dispatcher was able to contact a parent to let them know where
the child would be dropped off. If no parent was contacted, the driver is
supposed to take the child back to the school at the end of the bus run, where
the principal would have been contacted and would be waiting for the child, and
hopefully trying to contact a parent. At no point is the bus driver
to kick the child off the bus by themselves or kick them off at a non-bus stop,
which is what happened.
"Bromley said district policy is to allow students to board a bus that is
not assigned to them if they have a note from their parents. But with or without
a note, she said once a student is on a bus they can only be let out at an
official bus stop or back at the school."Wouldn't the same
result have occurred if the driver had followed policy and let the child off at
an "offical bus stop"? The kid probably still would have known where
she was !!!!
Good grief, do people have no functioning brains? Why not just let this child
off at the "official stop" in the friend's neighborhood (or take
her back to school)?
Just be glad the kid is okay.
Oh, come on, Leah. Really? The kid should not have dumped off alone no matter
what the "rules" are.
My gosh. I saw the photo and nearly had a heart attack. She looks so much like
my grandaughter. She is a CHILD and should never just be dumped where ever the
bus happens to be. What would have happened if she had not had a cell phone?A 7 year old in the middle of a strange neighborhood. Nightmares flash before
my eyes. How much more dangerous could it have been? The mom doesnt think the
bus driver should, necessarily, be fired but I do. The bus driver actually
defended her actions. Does she have no common sense? Do you want your kids on a
bus with a driver lacking common sense?
I won't jump on Leah as others have already done. But I'll just make
the point that if and when "rules are rules" are directly contrary to
basic common sense, I support common sense. Under no circumstances regardless
of whether a note, cell phone, whatever was required, should a child be dropped
off in an unfamiliar area. One of the major issues we have in this country is
apathy - not my problem attitude. Utah does better in my opinion but it seems
situations such as these are happening with more frequency, unfortunately.