EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


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


Pageau said she was told to wait there and that her son would be dropped off on a different bus.

“I waited and another bus came, but my son wasn’t on it,” she said. “The driver said she’d just dropped off a child by the CVS.”

Pageau said she and the other woman walked to the CVS in nearby Monument Square, thinking that their children would be waiting for them.

“She was calling the police while I was calling the school again,” Pageau said of the other mother. “But when we got to the CVS, our children weren’t there.”

Fear overcame Pageau, who called home in a panic to tell her 14-year-old son that he needed to help look for his younger brother. Then, a tremendous sense of relief came when the teenage son told her that Tyler was walking towards their home.

When Pageau got home, Tyler told her that he had walked down Kenoza Avenue to get to their home.

She picked him up and hugged him.

“My son told me that he told the bus driver where he lived and asked to be taken home, but the driver told him she could not do that,” Pageau said. “What if he’d been dropped off in an area he wasn’t familiar with?”

Scully said that in cases such as these, a small bus is typically dispatched to take the child to their proper stop.

“It wasn’t handled correctly,” Scully said.

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