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September 6, 2013

Boy, 8, dropped him at wrong school bus stop

School officials say bus driver faces punishment and mistake won't happen again

HAVERHILL — School officials said a bus driver is being punished for dropping an 8-year-old student off at the wrong stop, even though the boy said he was in the wrong place.

The officials said it shouldn’t have happened and promise it won’t happen again.

The boy’s mother said she spent nearly a half-hour searching frantically for her son, who had been dropped off at a stop different from the one she was waiting at.

The mother said her son asked the bus driver to bring him home before he got off the bus, but the driver refused.

School Superintendent James Scully said despite the complexities of transporting about 6,000 children to and from school each day, and despite the fact that this is only the second week of school and there are still some bugs to be worked out, the child should not have ended up at the wrong bus stop.

Scully said there are procedures in place, but they weren’t followed.

“The bus company is dealing with the individual and appropriate disciplinary action has been taken,” Scully said. “The driver apparently made a mistake in judgement and the procedure wasn’t followed.”

Parent Christine Pageau said that on Wednesday at about 3:30 p.m., she was waiting at the corner of Webster and Arlington streets for her son Tyler, a third-grade student at Golden Hill Elementary School, to get off the bus. She said it’s the bus stop he’s been using since the start of school last week and that her son is familiar with the area because they live on Highland Avenue, just a few blocks away.

Pageau said another mother was waiting for her son as well, and that boy wasn’t on the bus either.

“The bus driver told me to call the school,” Pageau said. “I called on my cell phone and they said they would call the bus company to find our where my son is.”

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