Gwinnett Kindergartener Bussed to Wrong Location
SUWANEE, Ga. -- Bryson Ford's first day of kindergarten at Roberts Elementary School in Suwanee didn't end the way he or his mom had hoped.
"I got on Bus Number 3 and they took me home and I got lost," said the 5-year-old. "I was sad," he added.
His mom, Shawn Ford, says Bryson was supposed to be taken to a nearby day care center but was dropped him off at a neighborhood stop even though no one was home. Ford said initially a non-English speaking house painter came to the boy's aid, then other neighbors comforted the crying child till his mom arrived.
"Someone saw him and pulled him to the side to find out what had happened cause they saw him alone with his backpack and lunch box, unattended. He was hot, sweaty and of course I could tell he had been in tears," said Ford.
We contacted Gwinnett County schools for an explanation and got this response:
"Overall, we had a good first day of school with very few issues. That said, we are concerned when there is a first-day transportation mishap involving a student, especially a kindergartner. The school has investigated and determined that the issue stemmed from the fact that two transportation tags were attached to this student's bookbag: one for the child's bus stop and one for daycare. In this case, the child was delivered to the wrong location for the afternoon, going to his neighborhood bus stop instead of to daycare. School leaders have addressed the issue of the two tags and have ensured that the child only has one tag today. In addition, school staff met with the child to ensure he was set on where he was supposed to go and which bus to get on this afternoon. School leaders also reminded all staff that students should only have one tag on their bookbag to cut down on any confusion."
Ford said the boy's kindergarten teacher put both tags on his backpack by accident. District Spokeswoman Sloan Roach said she was not aware which staff members were involved in the mistake.
This isn't the first time there's been a back to school bus mishap. Some parents are turning to high tech ways to track their kids.
Best Buy's Marshall Bronson says some are buying smart phones even for small children for their tracking capabilities. He said a more affordable option is a wearable GPS unit that uses 3G and Wi-Fi to track a child. It retails for around $130 with a $15 service plan. After her experience, it's something Shawn Ford says she will consider.