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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 8 2010 10:45 p.m. MST

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SME
Kearns, UT

Kudos to the Riverton students

KD7JFZ
Taylorsville, UT

This tells me a few things
1. There are still people in the world that know how to watch out for young children.

2. The bus driver needs to be held responsible as he should have checked his bus. I as a parent if I am not there to meet my disabled student when the bus shows up at my house they take her to DCFS without fail.

Seposm
Evanston, WY

Couldn't agree more SME. I find it totally awesome that some high school students saw this little girl crying and took the time and energy to make the situation right. This could have been a horrible situation if it were not for these heroes.

mrsmcompany
South Jordan, UT

Our children go to Monte Vista as well. In Oct. our bus route was discontinued in our neighborhood. A flyer was sent to the parents and I informed my 5 year old that he no longer rode the bus and I'd pick him up. The teachers were given an updated no bus list and had a staff meeting that morning about the changes. My 5 yr old never came home from school. When he went to get in the pick up line his teacher told him that he was riding the bus and put him on a random bus to go who know where. I called the school and the bus dispatch and there response was "well, if the bus driver has any extra kids on the bus, he'll bring him back to the school." They were not concerned of his whereabouts and I was livid! I called the principal a few days later and all he would tell me was that they had a talk with his teacher and were not very apologetic.

This is clearly a big problem.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Fantastic young boy helping this young girl. I think each school district need to check the zoning layout and allow more kids on the bus when there are more seat available. Why, some kids refused to take the bus and take a ride with their parents or friends and why not add to those kids who need the school bus.

whozit
Bluffdale, UT

I am the father of one of the two students that helped this little girl. There are several details that were left out of the story that make this even more incredible that this little girl is safe.

The distance from the credit union to where they saw her is about 1/3 of a mile and she had already crossed 2700 W at 12600 S which is a pretty busy intersection. Further, the distance from her school to where they found her is about 2 1/2 miles.

I am proud that my daughter and her friend recognized the situation for what it was and took the time to stop and help. I would like to think, however, that they are representative of other kids their age and did nothing more than what all of us would and should do. We are all grateful that this little girl is safe and unharmed.

Happy Holidays!

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

Wow, thanks for the update Whozit. I shudder to think of this small girl just walking around trying to find her way home. Given the other comment shared here, it appears that this school has a problem that needs to be addressed with additional training and closer supervision. I hope this happens. Thanks to these two teenage girls for caring about others enough to notice a lost youngster and to go out of their way to restore her to her family.

MrsH
Altamont, UT

I smell a lawsuit a-coming.
I shudder to think of what could have happened to this little girl.

maggiemaeutah
south jordan, ut

I am the mother of this little girl and I am so glad the father of one of these girls wrote in! Can you please pass on a very grateful hug and thankyou for helping my little girl! I was a very distressed mother looking for this little girl and cannot say thankyou enough that these girls could see something was wrong and came to her aid! These girls are marvelous.

whozit
Bluffdale, UT

maggiemaeutah,

I will certainly pass on your grateful hug and thank you to both of them. We are all so happy that your daughter is safe and at home with her family.

You are most welcome and thank you also for your kind words.

Best wishes and Happy Holidays!

bus-driver4ever
Riverton, Utah

I drive for Jordan and let me assure you we are very concerned about your students/children. Everything possible gets done when there is report of a lost student, drivers work with dispatch to do everything to find the child. It becomes difficult to keep track of 30to45 children at one time and requires the help of the school as well when students are put on the bus. We have limited time to deliver students and at times be somewhere else. We carry Precious Cargo and we are very aware of that, when was the last time you made a mistake or overlooked something? I am a very proud 20 year veteran. I am glad she is safe.

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