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February 3, 2014

Haverhill mother angry son dropped at wrong bus stop

Bus: School leaders promise incident will not happen again

HAVERHILL — The mother of a middle school student was angry that her young son and other students from his school were ordered to get off their bus at a stop far from their homes.

But she is happy with school and city officials, saying they responded to her complaint quickly and assured her it won’t happen again.

Tina Maglio said that on Thursday, an early release day for students, her 11-year-old son, a sixth grader at Whittier Middle School, was dropped off near Monument Square. She said his usual stop is at Primrose Street and 5th Avenue, many blocks away from where he was dropped off.

Maglio said the bus driver told her son and about a dozen other students he dropped off near Monument Square that he was late to pick up other students.

“My son had to walk and he’s not a street-smart kid,” Maglio said. “I was worried about the neighborhood he had to walk through ... There was a shooting on Cedar Street last week. These are kids who aren’t used to walking through these neighborhoods.”

Maglio was referring to an incident that happened on the night of Jan. 24 when according to police, a drug deal that went bad ended up with two men being shot near the intersection of 8th Avenue and Cedar Street. Cedar Street runs through the Acre neighborhood and intersects with 5th Avenue.

Maglio said her son had to cross Cedar Street on his way home.

Maglio said she contacted school officials and the mayor’s office the day of the incident. She asked why her son was dropped off far from his regular bus stop.

“They called me back later in the day,” she said, noting that she received calls from David Van Dam, Mayor James Fiorentini’s chief of staff, and Tim Rooney, who is in charge of student services for the School Department. She said she also got a call Friday morning from Brian Gill, assistant principal at Whittier Middle School.

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