posted on Dec, 7 2018 @ 08:39 AM
I'm also not really understanding how a bus driver could be responsible for knowing each individual child, where they live, where all they are allowed
to get off the bus, and under what circumstances. I didn't take the bus in elementary school, so there may be a plan in place for this, but it sounds
cumbersome. It seems like there would need to be a checklist, a sign in/sign out at each stop, etc. Are the drivers expected to know the details about
each child on the first day of school? Is it the same driver each day? What if they call in sick? What if arrangements have been made ahead of time
for them to go to a friend's house?
I'm sure the panic and anger you felt were intense, and I can't imagine my kids not being where I thought they were and not knowing how to find them.
But, it seems like this is possibly more of a lesson for the child than the bus company. I didn't take the bus at age 8, but my mom did pick me up
from school and nothing would have stopped me from getting in a stranger's car (or a friend's parent's car) other than that I knew what the rules were
and I knew to not do that. Your child needs to understand that getting off the bus at a random location can be dangerous and is not permitted. If his
friends want to play, he needs to come home and ask. If he is lost or can't remember where to get off, he needs to ask for help.
Can you imagine having to keep up with every single child, their parents' first choice plan, a backup plan for if the parent isn't where they are
supposed to be at pickup time, maybe an alternate plan to account for shared custody (drop her off with dad on Mondays and Tuesdays, mom on Wednesdays
and Thursdays, and at grandparents on Fridays), and a different plan if the child has after school activities or plans with friends? For each child on
the bus? And then being threatened with a lawsuit for not remembering each child's plan correctly even when it is the child themselves who leaves the
bus? It's a wonder anyone would ever show up to work that job.
Sincerely glad he's safe and okay. I would also be having a serious talk with the mom he was with. If my child shows up unannounced and alone at a
neighbor's house, I expect a call before 45 minutes have gone by and 3 search parties have been sent out.