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July 10, 2014

Parents angry after children on wrong camp bus

Club director says that kids were always safe

HAVERHILL — These parents said it was a nightmare come true.

Katie Evers of Plaistow said the school bus her 6-year-old son was supposed to be returning on from Camp Tasker in nearby Newton on Tuesday afternoon arrived at his stop near Sanborn’s Fine Candies without him on it.

Evers said she was waiting there along two other parents. The other parents’ children were not on the summer camp bus either, she said.

Evers said the bus driver contacted the Haverhill Boys & Girls Club, which runs Camp Tasker, and that one of the children was eventually located on another bus, which then drove that child to the Plaistow bus stop to meet her father.

Evers said that father told her the bus dropped his daughter off at the wrong bus stop the previous day.

“That really freaked me out,” Evers said. “I called my husband at work and he immediately drove to the Haverhill club, hoping our son would be there. I was shaken and in tears. I was a wreck.”

The boy eventually showed up at the club on another bus, Evers said. She said counselors and then club Director Brian Therrien blamed her child for getting on the wrong bus leaving Camp Tasker.

Evers said there are four numbered buses and that she was told it’s the responsibility of the children to get on the right bus. The camp is for children ages 6 to 14.

Club Director Brian Therrien said he is sorry about the incidents, but that none of the children involved was ever in danger. They were always with a staff member, he said.

“I told one of the parents myself that we located her son on another bus and to come to the club to pick him up,” Therrien said. “I understand why they are upset and I feel terrible about it. But we have 180 kids and one complaint about a child getting on the wrong bus and one complaint that a bus missed a stop. Both children were safe and with a staff member at all times.”

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