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Mother furious after Wayne Twp. bus driver drops son off three miles away from home

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A mother wants to know why a bus driver dropped her child off three miles away from where her son was supposed to be let off the bus.

Cynthia Flores panicked for an hour worrying something had happened to her child.

“I am thankful that he was brought to me safe and sound,” she said. “I was driving in traffic worried.”

Flores says her 8-year-old son, Christopher, is afraid to ride the bus after the mix-up.

His grandmother usually picks Christopher up from the bus stop while Flores is at work. Flores called Garden City Elementary earlier Thursday morning to let the staff know her mother had just moved to a new house on Rockville Road. But just before 5 p.m., Christopher was nowhere to be found.

“At that moment, I hung up and called 911,” said Flores.

Instead, Christopher was dropped off on Michigan Road and Holt Street about three miles away. Flores said two women saw her son walking on the street — alone and crying — and decided to take him home.

“I just want to thank them. I’m grateful that they were kind enough to bring them to me and not doing any harm to him,” she said tearfully.

Wayne Township school leaders said they are sorry about what happened. They attribute the mix-up to a breakdown of communication over the new place where Christopher was supposed to be dropped off from school.

Flores said grandma is going to be picking up her kids in the meantime, as she thanks the Good Samaritans who stepped up to help.

“Just hope that this doesn’t happen again to me or to anybody,” she said. “I can’t imagine if it had been someone else, where he could be right now.”

Wayne Township Schools says it will be talking to Garden City Elementary officials and transportation staff Friday morning to see what exactly happened.

13 comments

  • Angel

    So sorry that darling little boy had to be so frightened as well as his family. VERY THANKFUL to those ladies for doing the right thing. May they be blessed.

  • James

    Let's see did the school see to it that the kid would be transferred to the correct bus to drop him off? Usually with schools a kid would have to get on a different bus after changing addresses for the stops and stuff. If so did the kid remember the new bus number? If it was on the same bus that just happened to run along the route by her mom's house, did the kid remember which stop he was supposed to get off of or did he just get off as his usual not thinking? There are a lot of factors to consider in this. It has to be hard for a buss driver to remember every single kid that rides on a bus since a lot of kids ride it. I doubt I would be able to remember every single kid. That is why it is important the kid remembers what bus number he or she is suppose to ride and which stop they are suppose to get off at. There were times as a kid and even in high school where I would not be paying a lot of attention and I would come close to not getting off at my stop. Hell sometimes I did miss it and would get off at the next one.

  • Guest

    Michigan Road does not even run through Wayne Twp, but Michigan Street does. Holt Street also does not exist, it is Holt Road. News channels lose a lot of credibility when they can't even get simple street names right…just saying.

  • kim

    I agree that a child should know what bus is his and what bus stop is his. As i read the story this was his first day going to this house. Come on the bus driver is the adult. The school should inform the driver they have some one getting of at a different stop and it should be the bus driver who should see that the child gets to the right place. Michigan St and Hold Rd are busy streets. You should never drop an 8 year old off by himself at that stop light. The bus will go any where the driver takes it. Step up and be the adult !!! And they want to give the adults guns! I don't think so!!

    • Duane

      From the looks of your comment, apparently you must still be in school: "And they want to give the adults guns". No, better the kids have them right? What do "GUNS" even have to do with the story?? Maybe you should continue your education & realize that "Adults with guns" are why you have the rights you have today!! Those same "Adults" protect you & the others in this City. Lack of communication may have been the cause. Maybe the boy didn't remember to get off at the right place. Maybe the driver was not informed, or, just forgot? Stop judging until you know all the facts. Just be thankful that he is home safe & sound. BTW…if the child would have disappeared…who would have been seaching for him Kim?? Would it have been you?? NO. It would have been "Adults with Guns" thats who!!

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    >Flores called Garden City Elementary earlier Thursday morning to let the staff know her mother had just moved to a new house on Rockville Road.

    WTH? She calls the school with just a few days notice and not the transportation department and is shocked something like this happened? Usually, these things are handled in writing and with the transpo department.

    Sorry, this is totally her fault and I hope she's not consulting an attorney so the school can write her a check.

    • K-anne

      I agree she should've gave the school more notice but it's not her "fault" for having to request they drop her son at his grandmothers…. Most families have to depend on extended family to help watch there kids since they have to work etc.

      • ClanSmokeJaguar

        Well hello K-anne!

        No, it's not her fault for having to switch her boy's routes but she should've done better than a hasty phone call at the last minute and expected good results from it.

        Right?? :^)

  • K-anne

    Well my son went to Garden City when he was in K-2nd grade. TWICE when he was supposed to be a car rider, they sent him on the bus… TO AN EMPTY HOUSE. So they have some work they need to do on the transportation dept. And if the bus drivers "CANT REMEMBER" every stop, then they need a list or some kind of GPS that will alert them to every stop….it IS there JOB to remember EVERY SINGLE STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ROGER

    Wayne Township has been a mess since Andy Harris was elected.Funds going to his Fire Chiefs wife for " education" He hires only his friends and runs wild over the school system there. Someone needs to investigate the WAYNE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

  • Irma

    They do not care much because they are hispanic,.I'm sorry for her and her son.,driversbuses of the schools are always in a bad mood.

  • RETHA

    THIS REALLY HIT'S HOME FOR ME. ON DEC. 12th, 2012 AN IPS AFTER SCHOOL BUS THROW MY
    11 YEAR OLD SON OFF THE BUS AT 6;15 ON SHADELAND AVE. THE CHILD BEG NOT TO BE PUT OFF THE BUS IN THE DARK. HE TOLD THE DRIVER THAT HIS STOP WAS INSIDE THE LAWRENCE LANDING APT.COMPLEX ….THE DRIVER WOULD'NT LISTEN….I WAS AT THE STOP WAITING. I LOOKED UP AND SEEN THIS CHILD WALKING THROW THE BUILDING'S IN THE DARK CRYING HIS EYE'S OUT………I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE…..HOW COULD A PERSON DO A CHILD LIKE THAT ……..WHAT HAPPEN TO CHILD SAFETY FIRST…….I STILL HAVEN'T HEARD FROM IPS TRANSPORTATION ABOUT WHAT THEY DID TO MY SON BUT HE WILL NEVER EVER RIDE A AFTER SCHOOL BUS AGAIN….AS FOR THE DAY TIME BUS I JUST PRAY HE MAKE'S IT HOME….IN MY HEART I DON'T TRUST THESE PEOPLE WITH MY CHILD.

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