6-Year-Old Student Dropped Off At Wrong Bus Stop
Six-year-old Aden Echols was dropped off by a Rogers School bus at the wrong spot on the first day of school.
“I was scared to death, scared that I will never see my child again. They could’ve dropped him off at the lake and I would’ve never known, I would still be looking for my kid,” says Aden’s mother, Kristal Echols.
Aden was supposed to be dropped just down the street from his home at 3 p.m. but Aden was found at a gas station by a family friend at 4:30 p.m. a half mile from where he was supposed to be dropped off.
“My son walked from that subdivision to that gas station because he didn’t know the subdivision so he walked to the gas station,” says Echols.
Echols says someone should have made sure her 6-year-old son was dropped off at the right stop.
“They wear these name badges that have the bus numbe and the address where they’re supposed to be dropped off. The child’s name and everything on that bus pass was correct.
Rogers School officials would not go on camera but did release a statement:
“We care about each student getting home safely, but sometimes the first days of school can be confusing as everyone gets familiar with their bus number, the route and their stop. We have several safety precautions and procedures in place to try to make sure it goes smoothly but problems can arise with a student being on the wrong bus or getting off at the wrong stop. When that happens, the transportation staff work with the driver, the student, the school and the parents to look into it and resolve the problem as quickly as possible.”
As for Aden, his parents pick him up from school now, and he’s skeptical about getting on another bus.
“Scared to get on the same bus and do it all over again,” says Aden.
Echols says the school has not told her what actions they are going to take regarding this matter.