Bus driver on leave after ejecting 7-year-old girl in unfamiliar neighborhood

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  • liberate Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    I won't jump on Leah as others have already done. But I'll just make the point that if and when "rules are rules" are directly contrary to basic common sense, I support common sense. Under no circumstances regardless of whether a note, cell phone, whatever was required, should a child be dropped off in an unfamiliar area. One of the major issues we have in this country is apathy - not my problem attitude. Utah does better in my opinion but it seems situations such as these are happening with more frequency, unfortunately.

  • annewandering oakley, idaho
    May 30, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    My gosh. I saw the photo and nearly had a heart attack. She looks so much like my grandaughter. She is a CHILD and should never just be dumped where ever the bus happens to be. What would have happened if she had not had a cell phone?
    A 7 year old in the middle of a strange neighborhood. Nightmares flash before my eyes. How much more dangerous could it have been? The mom doesnt think the bus driver should, necessarily, be fired but I do. The bus driver actually defended her actions. Does she have no common sense? Do you want your kids on a bus with a driver lacking common sense?

  • Shuzzie53 HAYWARD, CA
    May 30, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Oh, come on, Leah. Really? The kid should not have dumped off alone no matter what the "rules" are.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Just be glad the kid is okay.

  • John S. Harvey Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Good grief, do people have no functioning brains? Why not just let this child off at the "official stop" in the friend's neighborhood (or take her back to school)?

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    May 30, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    "Bromley said district policy is to allow students to board a bus that is not assigned to them if they have a note from their parents. But with or without a note, she said once a student is on a bus they can only be let out at an official bus stop or back at the school."

    Wouldn't the same result have occurred if the driver had followed policy and let the child off at an "offical bus stop"? The kid probably still would have known where she was !!!!

  • cdmom Provo, UT
    May 30, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    Leah, the bus driver was at fault. Policy was not followed from the start. The driver was to check for a note prior to letting the young girl on the bus, at the very least before they left the school. Then the child would have been left at the school and could have walked home, like she usually does.

    Once the bus left the school, the driver has taken responsibility for the child. At that point the driver was to let the child off at the next stop, IF the transportation dispatcher was able to contact a parent to let them know where the child would be dropped off. If no parent was contacted, the driver is supposed to take the child back to the school at the end of the bus run, where the principal would have been contacted and would be waiting for the child, and hopefully trying to contact a parent.

    At no point is the bus driver to kick the child off the bus by themselves or kick them off at a non-bus stop, which is what happened.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    May 30, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    I always thought 7 was too young to have a cell phone, but it sure was a good thing in this case.
    The bus driver should have taken her back to the school...use some common sense!

    I would be furious!

  • Wixom Bountiful, UT
    May 29, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    @ Leah. After reading your comment I reread the article twice and believe you are mistaken. There is no rule that she has to be dropped off at the next possible stop, and common sense would say not to do it anyway. She's 7 years old!! Glad she is safe at home and hope this doesn't happen again.

  • Leah Snowflake, AZ
    May 29, 2012 6:14 p.m.

    Just my opinion, sounds like the bus driver was caught in the middle She followed policy to let the child off the bus at a stop after the child could not reach her mother on her cell phone. I have seen some of these children on buses, If I went home and told my mother or father that I had been bungee corded to the seat, my parents would want to know why and punishment would be my reward. The mother didn't write a note, didn't answer her phone, I feel bad for the child, but rules are rules.