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October 07, 2010  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Bus driver faces misdemeanor child abuse charge


NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. — Nebraska City Public Schools bus driver Thomas Mead faces a misdemeanor child abuse charge that stems from an incident in August wherein he reportedly dropped off 6-year-old Seth Foreman more than 15 miles from the boy’s home.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that on Aug. 27, Foreman boarded the wrong bus after school. He was still on it when Mead reached his last stop — a post office in Union, Neb.

Mead told police he called his boss and was told to leave the boy in Union, according to the newspaper.

A construction worker who found Foreman crying as he walked out of town was able to call the boy’s mother and watch him while she came to pick him up. She then reported the incident to the Nebraska City police department.

Mead is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 26, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

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I have never had a wrong kid on my bus but if I did, I would have taken the child back with me, put the bus away and called the parent to let them know that I was bringing the child home in my personal vehicle. A 6 year old child, 15 miles away from home? This is way too traumatizing for a child of this age and not to mention, what might have happened if the child came across a child predator instead of a law abiding citizen. Shame on this driver and I think it should be more than a misdemeanor!

MomOf3    |    Oct 08, 2010 08:35 PM

THIS SHOULD NEVER OF HAPPENED IT IS UNACCEPTABLE!The driver should be charged with Child endangerment,and the dispatcher also. I WOULD HOPE THEY BOTH ARE FIRED AND NEVER work in SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION again

Nat    |    Oct 08, 2010 07:15 AM

Anyone involved in this incident should be fired. The driver should be picking up garbage instead of children. I have been in school transportation for 26 years. If I found out a driver droped a child 15 miles from his/her house they would be looking for another job along with the legal trouble. that is totally unacceptable.

Jack    |    Oct 08, 2010 03:53 AM

All school districts should have a safety measure in place to ensure that small children (grade 2 and under) have a parent/sibling/babysitter in place to receive the pupil at the stop. I find it hard to believe that the dispatcher allowed this child to depart the bus - especially since it was a 6 yr old! The driver is completely responsible and (irresponsible!) for this occurance; if you see that it is a small child trying to exit without a parent there, take them back to the school! That way they are safe and it puts the responsibility/liability on the school, not the driver.

Pincher    |    Oct 07, 2010 06:31 PM

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