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I know this is the first week of school, and everybody is busy trying to get organized for the school year. There is a lot put on parents when it comes to school safety as well as other school issues. This year my 5 year old great-nephew started kindergarten and have rode the bus for 2 days. The second day of school, which was yesterday, my 5 year old was not on his bus when it dropped off all the other children from school. Some of the older kids told me he got off at another bus stop. He's never along and have been taught to stay with adults at all times. So when he's let off at the wrong bus stop, I panic and immediately went to the bus stop where I was told he was let off. He was not there and was not on the second bus that came minutes after. I called the bus bond and they called the school. My reasons for not calling the school first was because the first day of school another child also was let off at the wrong bus stop and his mother panic as well. When she called the school, no one answered. So this made me very panicky, because the same thing happened to another parent the day before. Someone saw him and took them to their porch to get him water because he told them he was thirsty. He knew not to cross the street, so he didn't. The lady then walks him to our home: of course I was not there, because we were out looking for him. She then walks him to our neighborhood office. They called me and I immediately went and got him. While this was happening, the dispatch from the bus bond and the school was still online with me. After noting my child was finally back to me safely, one of them tells me does he now know where he gets off. I understand if he was on the bus last year and was told that because he should know: but this is his first school year. He's already crying each morning because he does not want to leave me he wants to stay at home. I told them he's only 5 and should not be responsible of where to get off the bus. If the bus arrives and I'm not here, then that's my fault: but it's the bus driver's fault if he's on the bus, to insure he gets off at the right bus stop. Am I wrong for being upset? This morning I called to report to the supervisor about the 2 incidents. I was very dissturbed at what I was told by the supervisor: he told me all students are responsible of making sure they get off at the right bus stop the first week of school, because the driver does not know everyone and where everyone suppose to get off at. Just like the driver does not know everyone, a 5 year old kindergartner does not fully know the operations of being on a school bus and should be made sure they will get to their parents safely. I can think of millions of dangers that could have happen to my 5 year old. Although he's taught stranger-danger, this incident puts him into a different situation with strangers. He could have gotten hit by a car trying to walk himself home; the stranger that kindly took him to safety could have been a preditor or kidnapper, and so so many more. What are your opinions, and what should I do as a concern parent as well as a mentor of many children who i'm always assuring safety are top notch when ever my children and other children are in my care. Should the school and bus bond be responsible for students' safely while getting home from school on the bus or should it be left up to the child.Answer Question
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