Child Lost After School Bus Mix-up

Child Lost After School Bus Mix-up

There are 16 comments on the NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Child Lost After School Bus Mix-up. In it, NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth reports that:

A Lancaster mother said she faced some terrifying moments when she went to pick up her son at school and discovered he was not there, NBC 5 reported.

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RHINO Texas

Dallas, TX

#1 Sep 3, 2008
We all know mistakes happen. I was not aware that Bus drivers could not read though. This was human error, it happens. Once is a mistake, twice is a habbit. Ergo we need to nip this in the bud. This is a safty concern.
No Comment

Arlington, TX

#2 Sep 3, 2008
Typical for the average bus driver. Same thing happened to me when I was a kid. Small white boy dropped off at the predominantly all black high school. Something looked out of place. Too bad we didn't have the concept of lawsuits back then.. I'd be a millionaire by now.
WWHD

Dallas, TX

#3 Sep 3, 2008
Why didn't she foresee that there is a potentiality for a mix up during the first day, and instruct the child that she will pick him up? And why did he not say something? Is is too shy of a child to speak up? If so, I would have come early and wait near the door for my child.
WWHD

Dallas, TX

#4 Sep 3, 2008
RHINO Texas wrote:
We all know mistakes happen. I was not aware that Bus drivers could not read though. This was human error, it happens. Once is a mistake, twice is a habbit. Ergo we need to nip this in the bud. This is a safty concern.
The bus driver should have checked each child's tag, or there should have been a monitor to do it before they boarded the bus.
PrettyGirl

Dallas, TX

#5 Sep 4, 2008
I can understand, it was a human error. I just don't get why that put this childs' picture out there. Good grief. Let's try to keep the children safe at all cost. I just don't understand, when they report a story of a robber they don't give a good description, but....they will put the childs' picture out there.
Debbie

United States

#6 Sep 4, 2008
Wow! What a terrible ordeal for this mom and son to go through. I hope it wakes up those responsible for these young children, it could have had a very different and tragic outcome. I can only imagine the joy when she hugged her little son!!!
Robert

Grapevine, TX

#7 Sep 4, 2008
This is an issue with lots of schools. Last year for Kendergarten, my daughter's school was very thorough and walked us through the drop off/pick up process and had supporting documents. The teacher also had the same information. We felt very comfortable with it. That was at Bette Perot in the Keller ISD.

This year, we transferred to an elementary in Northwest ISD. The orientation was chaotic and the teacher did not know the process. we were even misdirected to the wrong location by her to findout the process. When we got there, we were directed back to the teacher. We never got a drop off map like we did at Bette Perot and as a result, got a repremenad when we dropped off my daughter the first day beause he car seat was on the wrong side of the car. Nevermind the fact that no one was able to give us that info at orientation. No one was even able to tell us how or when she woudl be picked up by her day care. We got a confirmation from her teacher that she would be on the right bus, but we followed up to make sure it happened.

The process needs to be standardized and schools would do well to look at Bette Perot for an example of a good way to do it.
NTXN

United States

#8 Sep 4, 2008
Thanks, Robert, for the good plug for keller isd. As with any government run entity, there are issues, but Keller isd definately takes student safety to heart.
About Time

Fresno, TX

#9 Sep 4, 2008
Robert wrote:
This year, we transferred to an elementary in Northwest ISD. The orientation was chaotic and the teacher did not know the process.
As far as the NWISD bus schedules (pick up/drop off), yes NWISD sucks when it comes to that! I live in this district also and my neighbors on the first day of school were waiting at their bus stop that morning to go to school (according to their website, same place, same time as last year) and parents ended up taking them because some kids feared they would be late.

This terrifies me as my son will soon be attending school in NWISD! And unlike when I was his age and my mom could pick me up after school, that terrifies me even more because I have to work and he'll have to be picked up by daycare.
my my

Dallas, TX

#10 Sep 4, 2008
What?!!! No Ma'am!! This wouldn't be the last time they would hear from me if this was my baby. Makes no sense at all!!
STARGAZER

Garland, TX

#11 Sep 4, 2008
Why wasn't the mother there when school was dismissed to get her precious angel? Was she running late? Why did she not wait at the door with the other parents? The school goofed up for sure, but she could have been there as she told the kid she would be, and this would never have happened. And at age 4, he just followed the teacher/authority figure and did as he was told.
Luckily for them he was taken to someone's house who wasn't just released from prison for molesting kids.
Mom blame the school sure, but stick yourself in that mix as well, you shoulda been there!
concerned

Mansfield, TX

#12 Sep 4, 2008
The same thing happened at the SAME school back in August.
TmE

Fort Worth, TX

#13 Sep 4, 2008
The mother WAS there before school was dismissed at 2:45. At most schools the children leave their last class before the general school release. By the time they realized the child was not at school the buses had already left.
STARGAZER wrote:
Why wasn't the mother there when school was dismissed to get her precious angel? Was she running late? Why did she not wait at the door with the other parents? The school goofed up for sure, but she could have been there as she told the kid she would be, and this would never have happened. And at age 4, he just followed the teacher/authority figure and did as he was told.
Luckily for them he was taken to someone's house who wasn't just released from prison for molesting kids.
Mom blame the school sure, but stick yourself in that mix as well, you shoulda been there!
TmE

Fort Worth, TX

#14 Sep 4, 2008
The children riding school buses and the day care buses leave early, not everybody.
JC Johnson

Glendale, AZ

#15 Sep 11, 2008
Just happened to my child yesterday. I am going to the school today to address this with the administration.
fancytxmom

Justin, TX

#16 Nov 7, 2008
We live in NWISD and my son goes to Hatefield. The bus driver on our route has missed his bus drop off 9 times this year!!! I have talked time and time again with Durham Transportation and reasured each time it wouldnt happen again. She missed the stop again yesterday. I asked her today about it. She was very rude and denied missing the stop yesterday and preceded to close the door as I was trying to get her name and my hand was closed in the door and started to drive off with my hand still in the door. I was able to get my hand out but not without injury. We just moved here this year and we are very disappointed with the school system and the bus transportation.

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