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FIRST ON 3: 5-year-old put on wrong school bus, dropped off at Walmart

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County family is upset after a five-year-old girl was put on the wrong school bus and dropped off at the Walmart in Leland. Relatives say it happened at Town Creek Elementary Monday. A school district spokeswoman confirms the incident happened.

The school district released the following statement this afternoon:

"On the afternoon of September 12 a kindergarten student at Town Creek Elementary School boarded the wrong school bus and later got off the bus at a stop near her parent's place of employment. Fortunately, the student was reunited safely with her parent. Brunswick County Schools deeply regrets this unfortunate incident and accepts responsibility to ensure incidents of this nature do not occur in the future.

"Schools actively take precautionary measures designed to prevent situations such as this from occurring. As a result of yesterday's incident, elementary schools throughout the system reviewed their practices to ensure clear labeling either by sticker, head or wristband all young students to ensure bus drivers verify students are on the correct bus. Specifically Town Creek Elementary School designed and implemented colored headbands for all young students corresponding to the driver's colored headband.

"There remains an ongoing investigation into personnel actions resulting in yesterday's incident."

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Guest 461 just plain dumb

How can you sit there and criticize the mother? She is a working mother. She stated she gets up every morning and has breakfast with this child and then takes her to school. You want to talk negatively about a parent, why don't you find yourself one of these lazy mothers around this county. That could give less than a crap whether their child gets up and goes to school, if they have anything to eat before school, gives a hoot about supplies or clothes or lunch money, etc. There's someone to talk negatively about, but NOT this woman!! She's obviously trying!! Let me ask you this...How many employers do you know, that you could ask to get off every day at 2:30pm to pick up your child and take the to daycare??? Think about that. And if you can't trust the school employees...then are you not supposed to send your kids to school? Try not doing that for 8 days and see where you end up...The Brunswick County Courthouse. What I really want to know is what would your solution be??? Please explain this to me. Because at this point, all you seem to be is a person that has way to much time on there hands that likes to annoy the people on this site. A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS man....I doubt that!! But if you are so successful, why don't you offer this woman a job from 8:30am to 2:30pm everyday???????? And have you ever heard that old saying in school...."it's better to sit back and be thought a FOOL, than to OPEN your mouth and remove all doubt"? You must have been skipping class that day!!

This is just embarrassing.

Let me state emphatically that I am not a grammar Nazi and I couldn't tell you what a gerund is or diagram a statement. At the same time, the caliber of these posts is nothing short of embarrassing: "Gauardian Angle/We want to NO/Them slow learners." Is this a joke? People, read and edit before you post. Use spellcheck, punctuate and capitalize properly. You will not be taken seriously if your writing is so poor one can hear the accent and twang all the way in cyberspace.

With regards to the topic I share in the general sentiments of anger and outrage. This must have been very traumatic for both the poor child and the mother. Such an incident is further evidence that the busing experiment has failed and we need to return to community schools. Tired canards against community schools that allege racism and segregation hold no water anymore. We cannot continue to suffer under this failed system which, obviously as seen here, produced a generation of quasi-illiterate proletarians.

embarrassing indeed...........

Thank you, thank you, thank you oh GREAT WHITE HOPE, for your gracious observations of our literary ineptitude, as well as the shining examples of your literary prowess. This is why, we cretins, are so proud to have you amongst us. I don't know how we have been able to function without your kind and genteel tutelage. Your admonishments will be duly noted and acted upon as soon as hell freezes over. What does any of your clap trap have to do with the story at hand. I don't read these comments to find out who will win the next spelling bee. I read them to hear other peoples observations are of the on the news story at hand. Opinionitis is a form of mental constipation. Stick to the storyline only please.

Sweet little ole southern girl................oops...........that's old..........almost slipped up until I heard your anal sphincter whistle,squeak,belch or whatever that comical noise was....................bless your heart

Uh....'re going to have to bring your excellent grammar down several notches if you want people posting on this forum to understand you. For example:

gerund/canards/quasi-illiterate proletarians

That's just too far above the range of comprehension for some of them (I'll let them guess which)....bless their little hearts.

Is this better?

Well, I don't no speak the qweens english but I just think what done happen to that little girl angle of god was horrible folks, just horrible! That bus driver wommen is the spawn of satin. Doncha yall be judging her momma for not drivin her to school until you walks a few moons in her dadgum moccasins and try providing for a families! We gotta stop busing kids cross town and go back to local schools and that aint rasist no matter whats all sharpton says cause people cant spell good no more.

Is that a bit more fitting? : )

Fix It

There is absolutely no excuse or justification for what happened. The school will start playing the blame game, but everyone is to blame. Perhaps they need to re-think letting 5th graders get children to the buses if that is what they are doing. The principal needs to be upfront about this and re-evaluate the school policy. First of all, the bus driver needs suspension until this is cleared up. He/she has no excuse for what they did - I am sure they are in a hurry to get kids dropped off, but she failed in her job to protect that child. The school board needs to investigate NOW and get clarification on what happened and make sure that it doesn't happen again. This ended up happily - it could have been worse and no child should have to pay for someone elses stupidity and disregard.

I don't think the parent should sue, but she should make sure this is taken care of and keep us informed of what is going on.

And for some of you that have made such crass, stupid remarks about this situation - it is not funny nor appreciated. I am sure that if it happened to you or a family member, you wouldn't be laughing.

A 5 yr old kindergarten student on a bus?

Too bad a PARENT couldn't display the simple responsibility to personally pick up their own little 5 year old girl.

This is exactly what is wrong with todays society. You pawn the responsibity of your children off on someone else that you don't even know, then bitch, whine and complain about it when it doesn't go your way! What in the hell do you expect?

It's no wonder children develope into the people we read about on the news everyday! And these little folks are supposed to be our future leaders?

Sooo, I happen to know this

Sooo, I happen to know this mother and lil girl!!! And, btw, thats the schools job to make sure this lil girl was put on the right bus!! Her mother is a great mother!!! Town creek just better be glad it wasn't my child!!!!


Are you serious about your post? There are parents out there that have to work when these children get out of school at 2:30. We don't even know if they child was being taken care of by someone else after school or what. But, you comment is rude and just being mean to the parent. Obviously you don't have children or the responsibility to feed, clothe, and take care of a child. If you do have children I feel for them. There are children who love to ride the bus and it also helps to grow independence. Something children today know nothing about. They rely on their parents for everything. Mom or dad will help me out, it is there job to. Some kids think that until mom or dad has to kick them out of the nest. It is the parents job to teach our children to be able to go out into this cruel world and be able to take care of themselves. You should have to apologize to the parent of this child and until you do not ba able to post on this website.

umm im sorry she is a single

umm im sorry she is a single mother struggleing to make ends meet and put food on the table for her two young children. not everyone wants to sit on their lazy ass and collect off the taxpayers money by getting welfare and food stamps, or who is just lucky enough to be able to sit home to take and pick up their child. she is doing the right thing and providing for her children, which is more than the person who posted the heartless comment above. Thats what a school bus is for to get their child to and from school.

First of all we as true

First of all we as true parents have to provide for our children AND WORK, and its not that no one was there waiting on the baby. It's the simple fact that the bus driver didnt recognize the little girl and they fail to question the situation. if you hv been driving since the beginning of the year i think you should know what faces get on and off the bus everyday. Also if ther is no one there to get the lil girl off the bus at the designated area the bus driver being a respnosible adult was not suppose to let the child off. just think if it was one of our children the feelings would be mutual.

Parents Fault?

Really blame the mother? If the school put the child on the right bus the child would have been let out where the mother had made arrangements for the grandparent to meet the bus. So maybe you should get the facts straight and quit blaming working parents. Some of us have to work to feed our children or would you rather us stay home and negect them or have to go on government assistance?

reply... Parents Fault?

To bad a 5th grader put her on the wrong bus and her grandfather was sitting at the correct bus stop waiting for her and when the bus got there he got out the car asked the bus driver where she was the bus driver said she didnt get on the bus. So you should get your facts straight before passing judgment on the faimly which cares tremdiously about their child.


You really are a moron!!!!!!!!!!! A dumba$$$ Get a Life Jerk!!!

Yea too bad I work fulltime

Yea too bad I work fulltime and dont have that luxury! Get a life you moron! I take her to school every morning have breakfast with her and walk her to class but there is no way i can be off work by at least 2:30 to pick her up when school gets out at 2:45 that is why she rides the bus to her daycare! Where i then pick her up when i get off at 4:30 before the daycare closes at 5. You have no clue as to what my life is like obviously and Im in no way "bitchin" about anything... I wonder if you would be making the same stupid comments if my daughter had been kidnapped raped or murdered because of this . Im just looking for immediate change in the school systems in how they are dealing with buses, this happens more than most of you know and it needs to stop these are our children its not like the ups man dropping a package off at the wrong house! Get off your high horse and come down to the real world!'s too bad your priorites are mis-aligned!

I'm not attempting to criticize your life, I'm only saying that it is totally irresponsible to allow the safety of a 5 yr old little girl in the hands of unknown strangers...EVEN ONE TIME!

In discussing comments, allow me to ask you this one, basic question. How would YOU feel had YOUR little daughter been kidnapped, raped and murdered because of YOUR decision making? Would you feel a sense of responsibility or would you again blame someone else for NOT doing YOUR job? Will you continue to allow your little girl to travel in this manner or will you choose to make arrangememts to benefit her safety to YOUR satisfaction? You appear to completely miss the point here...

Do not depend on the school system to guarantee the ultimate safety of your daughter, you should make immediate changes with YOUR judgement and decision making! If you have a reading comprehension problem, read this again and concentrate: "Your daughter is YOUR responsibility!"

"Yea...too bad I work full time" -Bullcrap excuse!-

My priorities

Contrary to what you may think about me or any other parent who uses the public school systems and their transportation, I believe my priorities are right on point. I work to provide the necessary essentials in life that my children need like a home, plenty of food and clothes. At one time I did have the luxury of being a stay at home mom which is why I chose to have a child. That is not the case anymore. I have adjusted my work schedule to be able to take her to school everyday but there is no way I can do both without stepping down from my management position and also losing my fulltime position which means I would be taking a major pay cut that I as a single mother cannot afford. Which means I would end up being just another person living off government assistance, to which Im sure you would have plenty of negative comments about. When I send my child to school everyday Im allowing her safety to be put in the hands of strangers, are you telling me thats wrong as well? How is transportation provided by the schools any different? Teacher puts her on.... daycare provider gets her off. Dont even think of saying anything about my child attending daycare, she is licensed and is no stranger! This is my last post I have nothing more to say, Im sure you'll have plenty. I've done no wrong and feel no need that I need to explain myself any further. To you guest461 dont be so quick to judge others you really have no insight to others lives or the hardships they face. I would love nothing more than to be able to take her and pick her up each day, but I simply cannot.

To Guest 461

I think it is nice that you provide your children transportation. It is nice to have concern for children, but your vehement attack on this mother is nothing short of rude.

Are you serious?!!!!!!!!

Hey Guest461, you must be the typical housewife that doesn't work or you are the husband of the housewife because if most people are at work when school gets out how can the parent pick up the child. You must be one of these people who run around spouting about how you hate that your tax dollars are going to help less fortunate people when the truth of the matter is you most likely don't pay taxes and get a refund every year. There are other taxes but I'm referring to employment taxes. Get off of your self-righteous pedestal and come down to earth where real people live with real struggles. It's most likely you are barely getting by yourself and you want to feel good by coming down on this parent when this story was really about an incident that could have led to a tragedy involving a five year old child. GROW UP!!!!!!!!

Just to clarify, you dummy,

Just to clarify, you dummy, just b/c someone gets a tax refund,does not mean they don't pay taxs. Your ignorance is showing!

Let's clarify your points...

I am a white male that is very successful and likely pay more in taxes than you gross each year, in addition to my volunteer and donation activities.

I believe in the use of tax money to help unfortunate people get back on their feet, not to support lifelong use of welfare, drug use and the promotion of such laziness and irresponsibility to their future generations.

There is no such thing as "employment taxes". Unemployment insurance is paid by employers, not employees.

You are absolutely correct that this situation involving this little 5 yr old girl could have easily turned out as a tragedy! It happens almost everyday. If it had happened to her, the parent should be charged with neglect. 5 yr olds simply are NOT supposed to be responsible for themselves, the PARENTS ARE!!! There are many ways to gain flexibility with employers in cases involving young children. If you don't have the smarts and sticktuitiveness to work out those minor issues to therefore insure your childs safety, you sure as heck have no business farming babies!

I'll Say This Once...Guest 461 is only worth that much time!

Obviously his life isn't as great as he proclaims or else he would not be on WWAY's page lashing out against parents of bus riders. I assume if he has children, they are sheltered with home school because sending a child to school is putting trust in the school system and apparently, we as parents are only supposed to trust ourselves with our children. I suppose the schools, day cares, buses, youth camps, other parents and other family members for that matter are never supposed to gain our trust when it comes to our children. I suppose he holds his child's hand every minute of the day. Hmm...Seems like his children may be the ones worse off in the long run after being a hermit. I can only hope by his lack of understanding and mental capacity of parenthood that he is NOT a parent.

Brittany--best to you! You deserve justice, explanation and to see proven changes!

Let's set the records straight Mr. Guest 461

Since you felt the need to bring your race into the picture, then I will do so as well. I am also a very successful that happens to be African American. I don't know about you dollar for dollar contribution but I have my own company (J&G Transport) and own six tractor trailers with drivers for all that I pay unemployment insurance and payroll. I gross high six figures and am 37 years old. I own my home and along with my vehicles. Where in this story did it say anything about the financial situation of the parents or did you just assume it because they work at Wal-Mart? I also believe in the use of tax dollars to get people on their feet for short term use, so I guess we agree with the career welfare recipients. I think what people are saying is that the child should not have been let off in an incorrect place other than where she has been let off in the past. How should the parents be charged with neglect if the bus driver let the child off at the wrong stop? That statement makes is completely asinine. Who is farming babies and what type of dis-respectful terminology is that to use toward someone else? I know, you could really care less about this child or anyone else as long as it's not you it's alright to sit back and spout any amount of pointless garbage that you can think of. Well keep it up because you're doing a fine job....

Only for clarification to the previous poster....

...that had me pegged as a housewife was the reason for exposing my "race". Didn't mean to hit a sore spot with you. Congratulations on your success and it's good to see that we have agreement on at least one point, being the lifetime entitlement recipients.

Your statement, "I think what people are saying is that the child should not have been let off in an incorrect place other than where she has been let off in the past." is EXACTLY my point of contention. The fact of the matter and MY point is that "responsible parents" find a way to pick up their 5 yr olds and do not leave their safety in the hands of people that are complete strangers, that don't give a damn and work for what is widely known as a severely broken system! Just exactly how much CLEARER does that need to be stated?

Just because one may have a full time job, does not mean that one "has to to rely on a government entity" to ensure the safety of their children. Personally picking a 5 yr old up is not difficult and can be worked out with most employers. It seems that's just too much trouble for most, so shuffle that responsibility off on someone you already KNOW you can't trust!

A 5 yr old child is simply too young and helpless to rely on school provided transportation! Just do the responsible thing, stop making excuses and this type of thing will not occur!

mr. holland

I completely agree to this comment!

Mr. Holland

Mr. Holland,

You have my respect, sir.

Nicely worded

You are dead on with your post. Welfare wasn't meant to be what it currently is; a way of life.


Are you a parent? I would assume not based on this completely idiotic statement. You know what my responsibility is as a parent? It's working full-time so I can provide a stable, loving home in which my children can grow. My job requires that I be at work from 7am to 4pm. Since you're obviously of a higher level of intelligence, please enlighten me as to how I'm supposed to pick my children up from school at their release time of 2:30.

I guess I could follow your theory of "responsibility" and just blow off work. However, my guess is that when I lose my job and can't pay my mortgage you'll be the first one complaing about my lazy attitude and how I'm living off of gov't handouts.

Guess what? My tax dollars (as well as some of my add'l salary) pay for their school AND transportation. When children are sent to a public school this is what's expected. I don't live in Brunswick Co. but we've had similar problems with our school system's transportation program. However, we do expect them to run a competent system.

Tell you what, I promise that if I ever hit the lottery or otherwise become independently wealthy, I'll quit my career of 17 years, place my kids in private school, and cater to their every transportation need just to make you happy.

You're DARNED right I'm serious!

I've worked 35 hard years to pay my taxes, raise and educate my children and hell yes, I get sick and tired of our hardworking tax money being spent on the lazy, inept and irresponsible people that can't take care of even the simplest needs of their own children (or themselves)!

Nobody has intended for may tax money to spent as day care and baby sitting for those of you that are too lazy or too simple minded to take care of your own children by doing a bit of planning and coordination. The school system is for TEACHING, not daycare! You want to place the safety of your children at age 5 in someone elses hands, then plan and expect total disaster! Just don't attempt to blame YOUR decisionmaking on anyone but yourself and make an effor to be accountable for your own offspring! We're not talking about Cadillacs and shiney BMW's here, it's a tiny little 5 yr old girl that knows nothing about the outside world and has absolutely no method of protecting herself. That safety is the PARENTS responsibility...Get it???

Basic common sense and thinking by ANY rational adult would dictate to NEVER leave a little five year old girl in someone elses hands! The ignorance I'm seeing here is somewhat overwhelming! The total LACK of responsibility and accountability by the placing of blame with this circumstance on others is even worse!


Well then tell me, oh enlightened one: whose hands were your children in when they went to school? My wife and I have no family here and all of our friends (hold your breath) also have jobs and families of their own so it's not like they can help. Last time I tried to venture out and find another job with more flexible hours I found out (and you might even have heard about this) that there's a recession going on. Kinda hard to switch jobs mid-career.

Schools have been bussing children for ages and they have the responsibility to do it safely and securely. You are correct that the school system's job is teaching. However, since it's law that children attend school until age 16 it also stands to reason that it's their responsiblity to provide transportation. There are tons of people in this world who don't have their own transportation whether by choice or not. By your rationale, we should be with our children 24/7 and never let them out of our sight. Maybe that's possible in whatever little world you live in but I live on a planet called "Reality."

And please don't assume that you know a thing about me. If you think I'm lazy (somehow I knew you'd throw that word around; see my previous post) I invite you to sit with me any day. I bust my backside for the people of this state for very little in return and I've never relied on any type of assistance. I also teach my children every day about personal responsibility and independence.

Do you have grown children that still live with you? Wouldn't surprise me based on what I've read so far.