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There are 30 comments on the WTVR story from Aug 11, 2010, titled child left on school bus; father in louisa county complains his fir.... In it, WTVR reports that:

A Louisa County father is upset after he says his six-year-old son was left alone on a school bus, and he claims it's not the first time it has happened.

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Pam

Taylor, MI

#1 Aug 11, 2010
You gotta wonder why this one kid can't seem to stay awake like all the other kids. Maybe he needs more sleep and should go to bed a little earlier? Maybe he's just not cut out to ride the bus with the big kids. Mom may have to drive this child to school until he can take care of himself at a minimum! I am not blaming the child...the bus drivers are responsible to get everyone off...but a little look at his sleeping habits is in order here.
Louisa parent

United States

#2 Aug 11, 2010
why aren't the parents at the driveway waiting for this child? Obviously he is young, and needs parental supervision. Who lets there 6yr old off the bus by themselves anyway? I understand the bus driver needs to be more accountable. But the parents need to remember the bus driver has alot of children to look after and the parent needs to step up to the plate and be a parent instead of always pointing the finger at someone else. I am still at the end of the driveway waiting for my 6th grader. Parents you signed up to raise your kids, now do it. Don't rely on someone else. And you should be ashamed of yourself for not being out there at the bus stop waiting for your child.
Life Term

United States

#3 Aug 11, 2010
Pam wrote:
You gotta wonder why this one kid can't seem to stay awake like all the other kids. Maybe he needs more sleep and should go to bed a little earlier? Maybe he's just not cut out to ride the bus with the big kids. Mom may have to drive this child to school until he can take care of himself at a minimum! I am not blaming the child...the bus drivers are responsible to get everyone off...but a little look at his sleeping habits is in order here.
Pam, are you the bus driver, or just speaking about something way off topic? WHAT is your point concerning the news topic of this story? A.D.D perhaps? "LOOK SQUIRREL!!!"
Judy

Richmond, VA

#4 Aug 11, 2010
Life Term wrote:
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Pam, are you the bus driver, or just speaking about something way off topic? WHAT is your point concerning the news topic of this story? A.D.D perhaps? "LOOK SQUIRREL!!!"
Actually I myself wondered the very same thing as Pam did when I read this article. As a parent of 2 children that have never fallen asleep on the bus, I wonder how anyone could with all those kids making their noise.

However I am glad to see that this bus driver did her job by doing a thorough walk through of her bus and found the child before he ended up dead from the heat of being left on the bus. I understand the parents frustration as well, but in the end they should count their blessing that the bus driver did her job, found the child before any damage or injuries were sustained and made the proper phone calls to reunite the parents. Maybe they should also have him check for narcolepsy if they are that concerned that it will happen a 3rd time. or as other suggested, transport the child themselves.
udonodon

Richmond, VA

#5 Aug 11, 2010
How much further do bus drivers need to go to make sure kids get off busses? Take role before they start driving then check off names as kids get off? Walk the bus at each stop to make sure kids are getting off where they should?(And also check under the seats incase a kid decided to be "funny" and hide)? This driver did what she was supposed to do, so I wouldn't blame her. Maybe it's time for the kid to start taking responsibility for himself. A skill I'm sure he'll need someday. I'm sure my boss wouldn't put up with me blaming him for not waking me up if I overslept and came in late.
vixen

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Aug 11, 2010
Actually for you parents out there who do not know the rules, the driver is to check the bus when they get back to their house. It is obvious that this bus driver followed protocall so it is not the bus driver's fault. You need to stop blaming the bus driver for your actions as parents. The new buses even have a buzzer that goes off after they park their bus to make them know to check for children. They have to walk back, open the door of the emergency exit and go back up front. While doing this they get to check the seats to see if a child is left on the bus. Do you really think that the bus driver is going to stop in the middle of the road to check and make sure every student who is on the bus gets off? Before you speak next time maybe you need to learn the rules that bus drivers have to follow. I agree with Pam the parents are at fault because they were not there at the bus stop, and if the child is sleeping while on the bus and does not answer when the bus driver calls its up to the other students to tell the bus driver that the student is on, so its obvious that the bus driver is not at fault. Have any more questions just let me know.
ocva

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Aug 11, 2010
If the parents had been waiting at the bus stop and nobody answered when the driver called the kids name 3x this wouldn't have happened.Either a parent or the driver would've checked the bus. With no adult at the stop, nobody answered when his name was called, what do you expect her to think? Lots of kids get picked up after school, especially at the beginning of the year. Maybe the driver thought a parent had picked this kid up after school since they were not at the house/bus stop where they should have been. Were there other kids sitting near him? Wonder why another child didn't say anything?
Louisa Grandparent

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Aug 11, 2010
I have 4 grandchildren who ride the bus. It is suppose to be manditory that a parent, grandparent, babysitter is suppose to meet the bus for children in elementary school. If the parent is not at the bus stop, the bus driver is suppose to take the child back to the school. If the child is asleep, and there were other kids on the bus, they usually would tell the bus driver. So, in this situation, Where was the person that was to meet the bus? Because if the person was waiting for their child and the bus stops there, the parent would wake the child up. This is not the negligence of the bus driver.

Former Louisa Parent

Rice, VA

#9 Aug 11, 2010
My daughter fell asleep on a bus ride that was over an hour as a first grader. Put luckily, when the bus went by, my babysitter called me and before the bus could get the rest of the students dropped off on my street. I had contacted the school, the school had contacted the driver and my daughter was dropped off at her stop. So, I have to ask the question, where were the parents???? Louisa County requires an adult or babysitter to be at the bus stop for elementary students! So, cut the driver a break and start asking the parent, where were they when the bus got to their stop?
A Louisa Driver

United States

#10 Aug 11, 2010
You are so correct here Vixen!! Most people have no idea how many times us bus drivers have to return the student to school because a parent was not at the bus stop and they could not be reached by phone. What makes it worse is that it is usually the same students over and over and over. As in this situation the same student twice, though he never was left on the bus alone and BRAVO to the bus driver for doing her job!!! We need more drivers like her who do what she is supposed to do and takes her career choice seriously. PARENTS NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS AND NOT BLAME SOMEONE ELSE.
vixen wrote:
Actually for you parents out there who do not know the rules, the driver is to check the bus when they get back to their house. It is obvious that this bus driver followed protocall so it is not the bus driver's fault. You need to stop blaming the bus driver for your actions as parents. The new buses even have a buzzer that goes off after they park their bus to make them know to check for children. They have to walk back, open the door of the emergency exit and go back up front. While doing this they get to check the seats to see if a child is left on the bus. Do you really think that the bus driver is going to stop in the middle of the road to check and make sure every student who is on the bus gets off? Before you speak next time maybe you need to learn the rules that bus drivers have to follow. I agree with Pam the parents are at fault because they were not there at the bus stop, and if the child is sleeping while on the bus and does not answer when the bus driver calls its up to the other students to tell the bus driver that the student is on, so its obvious that the bus driver is not at fault. Have any more questions just let me know.
Blaming others

Colonial Heights, VA

#11 Aug 11, 2010
Parent who WASN'T AT THE BUS STOP....LOOK IN THE MIRROR BECAUSE YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.....Quit blaming everyone else for your lack of responsibility. Just because u had a suck day don't take it out on someone who works hard dealing with the little spoiled brats on a bus.

It's people like you who make others go "JETBLUE"..
MAN UP and BE THERE at the bus stop.
A bus ride for an hour can make anyone go to sleep add in the HEAT and yes SLEEPYTIME...
jkraemer

Yacolt, WA

#12 Aug 12, 2010
Who would want to drive that parent's child? It's bad enough to be heckled by some obnoxious kids, but a parent (in this case) harassing that bus driver? Seems the parent is the one that ought to be charged with child neglect. School bus stops are the most dangerous part of the ride to and from school. It would be neglectful for the bus driver to drop a child without supervision present at the stop. Perfect situation for a child abductor. Would think a law or policy would require a parent or other responsible adult to be at the bus stop to escort the young away from the bus. There is a free bus stop safety eBook available at 2safeschools.org that can fully explain the dangers and the necessity for adult supervision at the bus stop. The bus driver can only do so much and in this case did well, even if the child was on board longer than the usual.
Another Louisa Driver

Bremo Bluff, VA

#13 Aug 12, 2010
As an Elementary School Bus driver I must say that there are parents like this and this happens all the time!! Why would ANY parent in their right mind not be out there on time to get their 6 yr old child off the bus is beyond me!!! The driver did exactly what any of us drivers would do! I can only imagine how the drivers of vehicles who are in front of and behind us would react if we stop and got out of our seat and checked the seats of every student who did not answer us when calling their names! It is bad enough that we have to sit on the side of the road in 100 degree weather waiting for parents who are not out there to get the kids off the bus!!! Maybe he was her last stop and there were no other kids on the bus to tell her he was sleeping!!! Come on!!! Not to mention, Moss Nuckols is a new school, with new kids and routes!!! It takes time to get to know the kids, their stops and even the parents who are always out there getting their children off the bus on time and THE ONES WHO AREN'T!!! Good Job to the driver for doing her job!!!!
Ash

United States

#14 Aug 12, 2010
If the protocol is to have a parent at the bus to pick up their child then its the parents fault, the bus driver shouldnt have to get up at every stop and check. I do think the bus driver should have made a sweep of the bus before locking it up.
Ash

United States

#15 Aug 12, 2010
Sorry I wasnt blaming the bus driver, just glad they DID do the sweep :) This is NOT the bus drivers fault! Get that boy to bed earlier and his parents need to step up and be at the bus stop!
parent of student

Heathsville, VA

#16 Aug 12, 2010
every parent needs to know what a huge responsibility is to drive a bus . i fill that the driver did her or his job, by keeping the child on the bus never leaving him unattened.these parents should have been proud to have such a safe driver to have takening this child back to his home safe and sound. i feel that this was just a way to be seen on tv. i know for a fact that the child is back on the same bus with the same driver."bus driver keep the good work up may your days be safe and may God always be with you"!!!!!
louisa

Greens Fork, IN

#17 Aug 12, 2010
Ash wrote:
If the protocol is to have a parent at the bus to pick up their child then its the parents fault, the bus driver shouldnt have to get up at every stop and check. I do think the bus driver should have made a sweep of the bus before locking it up.
she did not sweep her bus she just pulled in her driveway and looked and saw him
louisa man

Greens Fork, IN

#18 Aug 12, 2010
i think the father sould tell her sorry and think you for doing your job!!!!!
louisa man

Greens Fork, IN

#19 Aug 12, 2010
the bus driver did her job by taken the 6 year old to and from school the father needs to do his job and be at the bus stop waiting for her to get there
parent

Greens Fork, IN

#20 Aug 12, 2010
why didn't the mom or dad call the school before the school called them? did they even know if he was home or not? if it was my kid and he or she was late i would have called to see if the bus was just late or what was going on. stop putting your problems on other people. and yes everyone that has kids that ride the bus you need to thank the bus driver for doing there jobbbb!!!!!!!!!! thank you bus driver yall all need more $$$$$$$$$$ that's a hard job i couldn't do it

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