Nashville, TN- 6 year old boy was dropped off at wrong location by Metro School Bus driver on Thursday, August 19th, 2010. His missing became known when the bus arrived at correct drop off location and the mother discovered the child was not onboard. Judging from the time since the Driver reached the stop child was wrongfully dropped off, it is estimated that the boy was lost for nearly 30 minutes, without the driver or Metro School taking notice. It is by pure chance that the child, after walking for a while, discovered his way safely back to his home where his mother ran and grabbed him as she spotted him walking down the dangerous Murfreesboro Rd road. This road, which is near the Hamilton Chase Apartments, is known for speeders and no sidewalks and has had many safety concerns from residents over its dangers.
After informing the school, parent was told that although incident was unfortunate at least the boy was safe, and that understanding has to be had that there are just not enough Metro Busses to deliver the all children, thus leaving Metro busses to find alternate ways to take children home. This is being done by taking only a portion of the students home at a time and/or place children on different busses in order to get assistance from other bus drivers who are willing to help. Shortage of Metro busses and bus drivers is obviously increasing a safety hazard to many metro’s young elementary students who depend on these buses to get home. Due to the chaos and shortages, it increases the chances of students not only misplaced, but also decrease the odds of drivers, school personnel, and parents realizing a child is missing early enough to prevent lost of child(s).
So far, the Metro School involved in this incident has taken a small preventative measure to avoid another lost child, by having teachers place the children who are left behind in the libraries. By doing this, the school hopes to decrease the possibility of a child being dropped off at the wrong location again, and ensuring that the children are safely in school until their turn to ride the bus arrives.
Corrective actions against the bus drivers are not yet known. Although, parents of child no longer trusts the Metro bus to safely deliver their child home, they are insisting for the school to take better actions in preventing such negligence from occurring to any other parent and child, given that the outcome could have been so much worse.