Students left on bus

August 15, 2007

There are apparently problems in Richmond and Columbia counties with some students getting home from school.

News 12 has received at least three reports of five-year-olds having problems involving buses.

Richmond County has taken one driver off a route while there's an investigation.

Click here to read Richmond County school superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden's response to an incident in which a child was left at the wrong bus stop.


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  • by Cindy Location: Aiken on Aug 16, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    Driving a bus is one of the hardest occupations and sometimes obligations, depending on your employer.A driver is under too much pressure.Babysitting the misbehaving and whining students while driving is hazardous.Parents are rarely pleased with bus transportation,and are just waiting for a driver make a mistake. parents will make up lies along with their children.The requests for front seats,and special treatment for students can not be filled, so parents get mad.Add the record-breaking heat to all of the above and you have a major problem! The heat makes everyday bus driving decisions impossible. The public would never beleive the last minute changes and requests are thrown upon a driver.Children who can't even recite their ABC's are giving directions to the drivers concerning their stop, since no one else has over the age of 18 has done so.Some children defiantly get off on the wrong stops.Children hide in the bus and fall asleep,and become almost invisible.Don't just blame driver!
  • by Teacher Location: Richomond County on Aug 15, 2007 at 03:27 PM
    As a teacher,I would just like to state that SOMETIMES the parents are the ones at fault. All parents are required to fill out a packet which states whether the child wallks,is picked up in a personal vehicle,rides a bus/van,or goes to an afterschool program.Just yesterday I had a 1st grader (6 years old) tell me that he was supposed to go the Boys and Girls Club afterschool but when I looked on his registration packet his parent checked that he walked home so I told him to walk home. Any responsible teacher/adult would hopefully do the same thing. This morning the parent shows up stating that her son was supposed to go the Boys and Girls Club and when I informed her that she didn't put that on the registration packet nor did she send a note she acted as though I had done something wrong. She even showed up afterschool "to make sure he went to the right place".My point is that communication is the key and all facts should be looked into before the media blames teachers/drivers.
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on Aug 15, 2007 at 12:54 PM
    On the rare occasion I saw a parent accompany or meet her child at their busstop in our Brookwood neighborhood, it would be cause for amazement and relief. Usually from kindergarten on up, the children are on their own and out in the middle of the road, blocking traffic, running races the length of the block in the middle of the road and tossing books, balls, and bookbags around. In fear of hitting a child, I would go an alternate way, even if it was farther. There was no point in talking to the parents, they would just cuss me out and say why don't you watch them, one of them moved to a less-traveled street, the mom got hit by one of her neighbor's cars and she still didn't learn from it, right back out in the street as soon as she could walk again. I was a nervous wreck fearing for the children, reported the safety concern to all the appropriate persons, but there was apparently nothing they could do about it.
  • by Concerned Location: Thomson on Aug 15, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    There are also apparently problems in McDuffie County also. My neice was left on the bus on Friday morning also she got on the bus @ approx. 06:30am and she found on the bus that afternoon about 12:00pm in Thomson, Ga.(McDuffie County). Nothing has been done as far as my sister know of, no one has said anything not even a phone call to check on her. She is six years old. At least something was done with these drivers.
  • by PARENT Location: BURKE COUNTY on Aug 15, 2007 at 10:24 AM
    I AM REALLY NOT SURE WHY THE BUS DRIVER HAS BEEN SUSPENDED. #1 THE TEACHER SHOULD HAVE NEVER LET HER GET ON THE BUS IF SHE WAS SUPPOST TO BE IN A AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM. # 2 HOW WAS THE BUS DRIVER SUPPOST TO KNOW THERE WAS NO ONE HOME. THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO GET OFF THE BUS & KNOCK ON DOORS. I UNDAERSTAND SOMEONE SHOULD BE UPSET BUT I FEEL LIKE THE WRONG PERSON IS BEING PUNISHED. I USE TO WORK IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM & CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS DRIVERS, LUNCHROOM STAFFS, ARE VERY UNPAID.
  • by Ms. G Location: Augusta on Aug 15, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    Student left on bus-stop. The parents should also question the school and/or teacher about there responsibilities towards students for after school programs. Has anyone informed the busdriver that this student (the little girl) should not be released from the bus at her bus-stop. Bus-drivers have 50-70 new students on the bus, how do we believe that this driver know all about every student on the 2nd day of school? I think it is the teachers and schools responsibility to ensure that students stay in school if they are enrolled in programs. I am glad nothing bad was happening to this little girl, but please be fair to everyone Richmond County BOE!!! because you know it was not the drivers responsibility, even though the driver take care of the children.
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