DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Some parents in Dinwiddie County are outraged that they heard nothing about a 5-year-old Kindergartener who was left on a school bus and found walking alone around town Monday morning.
Some parents learned about the incident from their neighbors or from ABC 8 News, but heard nothing from Dinwiddie County Public Schools.
Dorothy Walker and her family are hands on at their daughter's school; they know the bus driver, teachers and principal. So, they are surprised they heard nothing from Sutherland Elementary School on Monday, when a 5-year-old fell asleep on the school bus, was left alone and later found wandering along Courthouse Road.
"Well, yes, I am shocked," Walker said. "Yes, I would have liked to have had a phone call saying that a child was missing. But, I believe as long as they called and notified the child's parents, and notified those children living in that particular area, that was a good thing also."
The bus driver parked the bus at Mt. Level Baptist Church on Courthouse Road after dropping students off at Sutherland Elementary School. When the Kindergartner woke up on the empty bus, he got out and started walking. A passerby saw the boy and notified the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office, and a deputy dropped him off at school.
"In this case, one of our drivers made a mistake," said William Clark, the superintendent of DCPS.
Drivers are supposed to check the buses before leaving, and the school system is now investigating what went wrong and considering retraining its bus drivers.
Even though many parents are upset that they weren't notified of Monday morning's incident, they are thankful the boy was unharmed.
"I know they're probably angry, because the bus driver didn't take the time to look to see if all the children were off the bus," Walker said.
DCPS says the bus driver in question had a good record prior to Monday.
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