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August 09, 2011  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Girl left at wrong bus stop goes missing for 2 hours


DULUTH, Ga. — A 5-year-old elementary school student was missing for two hours on Monday after her bus driver dropped her off at the wrong stop.

Lyric Gavin took the bus home from school for the first time and was dropped off at an apartment complex 15 minutes away from where she lives, CBS Atlanta reports. She walked around the complex looking for her parents until another parent saw her and contacted her mother, Monisha Gavin.

Gavin had gone directly to Chesney Elementary School after her daughter did not get off the bus at the correct stop. Gavin told the news source that school officials said they did not know where Lyric was.

Lyric had an address tag on her backpack so that the driver could ensure she was dropped off at the correct stop, but Lyric exited the bus with a group of children and the driver didn't see the tag, according to Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach.

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This exact thing just happened to my daughter today! Today was her first time riding the bus home from school. She just started at a new school and we decided to give the bus a shot. Well, Chloe was missing for a hour! She is only 6! I was frantic! The school said that they didn't know where she was and they'd call me back when they found her! I couldn't believe it! Eventually, after nearly an hour we got word from the bus dispatch that they found Chloe at the boys and girls club. I didn't even know where that was. A school councelor showed up at my driveway and led me there. Chloe had been crying and was totally confused. I can't believe that this could happen. When I was a kid, a bus driver wouldn't even let an unfamiliar kid on a bus without a signed note from a parent saying that they were allowed to ride the bus with a friend. Now any kid can get on any bus and OFF of any bus at ANY STOP and nobody gives a second glance. What if Chloe had been dropped off at a side street somewhere? I might have never seen her again!

Sheena Carlson    |    Oct 17, 2011 10:20 PM

COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION VIA MOUTH. The driver should be aware via note given to school by parent, thus handed to driver. The driver was in a position as not to be able to see student's "TAG". At what stop did the child USUALLY depart? How old was the child? Was this a different stop just for that day? I would like to think that I would have questioned that. We to have dispatcher(s) that enquire about late/"missing" children. Parents can make a phone call to school or dispatcher for location of child. A parent needs to be at the bus stop depending on the age of the child. Policies vary between bus companies, school districts. Thanx, Lorraine; North of Boston, Ma.

Lorraine Snow    |    Aug 10, 2011 11:30 PM

In our district the little ones get front seats and are checked by the driver before they get off the bus. Of course we have dispatchers that call out on the radio to drivers to find students who are late. Parents can make a phone call and get an answer within minutes. Drivers keep an eye out for their own students as well as others that may be wandering around and we are not allowed to leave our little ones unless there is a parent there to receive them....the south needs to work on safety! Especially North Carolina where my grandkids are. A lot of times they don't get picked up....and don't get dropped off for hours.....

D pulsifer    |    Aug 10, 2011 05:57 PM

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