Nightmare situation could have turned out worse for Wahpeton six-year-oldWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - One Wahpeton six year old didn't make it to school on time. Instead, the kindergartener was found, wandering the bus garage after the driver failed to make sure every kid was off.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - One Wahpeton six year old didn't make it to school on time. Instead, the kindergartener was found, wandering the bus garage after the driver failed to make sure every kid was off.
We all fall into routine.
Hope Zephier, Mother: "I sent Meckiah on the bus at 8:15 in the morning."
Each day, Hope sends off her six-year-old for school, boarding a bus for what's generally an hour long ride.
Zephier: "I'm basically putting my life in their hands."
Most days are the same, but this one was different. Friday, her son didn't make it to school.
Zephier: "I was thinking the worst. I was thinking he was out here walking around wondering what was going on. He usually, he gets lost sometimes."
After a half hour of frantically searching, the kindergartner was found in a heated bus garage.
We stopped by the Wahpeton bus garage but they didn't have a comment for us. But the superintendent did say the bus driver involved got a letter in his mailbox reminding him of procedure.
Rick Jacobson, Wahpeton Superintendent: "It was fortunate it was a heated garage but yet the act that, we didn't find it is no excuse for it. We gotta be better for it."
The bus company claims the child fell asleep, and that it happens often. And until now, the superintendent says the driver has been an outstanding employee. He won't suffer any punishment, other than a mark in his file.
Jacobson: "It something we have to look at with all of our drivers, as far as making them aware of just making sure the buses are checked after each route."
The child's mother doesn't think it's enough.
Zephier: "It makes me wonder if I even want to put him on the bus every morning or not."
And hopes the driver recognizes, it could have been worse.
Zephier: "What if it happens again, to another mother?"
Hope says her son will continue to ride the bus, only because she cannot afford to get him to school any other way.