A mother in Prince George’s County says a bus driver dropped her 7-year-old son in the wrong neighborhood, miles away from home, and then refused to take him back to school. The boy is home safe tonight thanks to a good Samaritan. News4 Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015)
A mother in Prince George’s County says a bus driver dropped her 7-year-old son at the wrong stop miles from home and then refused to take him back to Barack Obama Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Takisha McAlpine’s 7-year-old son accidentally boarded the wrong bus on Tuesday and then was dropped nearly 4 miles from home even after the child told the driver he had made a mistake.
“He just stood there crying,” McAlpine said.
Luckily, a couple spotted the boy and texted McAlpine.
“All and all, though your son was crying and scared, he is very intelligent. I am so proud of him. He knew his parent’s information as well as his way home,” one text message said.
The child likely would have walked home on Old Marlboro Pike, a two-lane road without sidewalks.
McAlpine’s other son, who is just 5 years old, boarded the right bus but was dropped off alone — in violation of Prince George’s County Public Schools’ policy for a child so young.
Another good Samaritan, a neighbor, saw the younger boy and walked him home.
Both children made it home safely and the school district is investigating the situation.
A school transportation official told McAlpine that officials need to review video footage to see if the 7-year-old’s mouth was actually moving, telling the bus driver he doesn’t live there.
The bus driver could face disciplinary action if found at fault.