Bus Stop Mishap Leaves Child's Mother Furious

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A mother searched frantically for her five year old son after he didn't return home on the school bus Wednesday.

But that mother's fear turned to outrage, after she says she learned the Woodford County School bus driver let her little boy off at the wrong stop.

Jonell Raglin says her five-year old son's school bus showed up at it's usual stop Wednesday afternoon, but when it left, her son was nowhere to be found.

"I couldn't find him anywere," Raglin said. She immediately began to panic. "I went through every emotion possible. It was the longest 20 minutes of my life."

Just before she called 911, she heard her son, Cory, screaming hysterically and when she looked up, she saw him walking down the street with a woman she didn't know.

"She told me the bus dropped my son off down the street at the daycare center," said Raglin.

The mystery woman was an employee from, Kidz Kingdom Daycare, where according to her, the bus driver thought it was ok to leave the boy in their care.

"When I spoke to her (the bus driver) she told me, a male employee said, 'I 'll take him'."

Raglin says a friend of Cory was able to tell daycare employees where the boy lived. But his mother says, that's not ok.

"How do you just leave someone's child with 'someone' they don't know? Just because they say, yes, I'll take him, doesn't give you the right to leave him there," Raglin went on to say.

According to Raglin ,the school district requires all students who are not dropped off at their usual locations must have a written note.

"I mean, nothing happened to my son, the people at the daycare took wonderful care of him, but what about next time? Or what if this happens to another child? Something has to be done, so it doesn't happen again," Raglin said.

Officials at the county bus garage told 27 NEWSFIRST they are aware of the situation, but had no immediate comment.

Raglin says she plans to meet with school officials on Thursday. She's going to be pushing for bus monitors on all buses where young children are present.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Floyd County on Nov 8, 2008 at 04:46 PM
    This mother should be outraged!!!!We are talking about a five-year-old child. Thank god this little one is okay..The bus driver should be terminated. Whether you have 5 or 150 children in your care they are your responsiblity...This situation is totally unacceptable....
  • by KISHA Location: MOTHER OF 2 WELL B EHAVED KIDS on Nov 8, 2008 at 04:27 PM
  • by Lynn Location: Versailles Ky on Nov 8, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    Why didnt you post my remarks? They were made Nov 6>
  • by Mary Location: eky on Nov 7, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    As I read this,I am angry!Some of the comments below defending the bus driver is beyond comprehension.One person was blaming the kids..this was a 5 year old, for heaven's sake!As the regular stop for this child,the driver should have been paying more attention.To say that there were too many kids on the bus is not the point here.The bus driver let this 5 year old be taken by a stranger!Now,as I understand it,the bus driver knew this person,but to this little boy he was a stranger.Why didn't the bus driver take him back to the school and call his parents?Why would this driver willingly give this 5 year old child to that man, knowing that the little boy did not get off at that stop everyday?The bus driver needs to be fired immediately.A child is too precious to be left this way.Thank goodness that the man had good intentions,but what if he were a pedophile or murderer?There is no excuse for what the bus driver chose to do.Responsibility is key, maybe the driver needs a different job!!
  • by concerned Location: p-burg on Nov 7, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    The bus driver should have pulled the bus off the road,and called the school system for directions to the childs house.Its not okay to leave the child with someone that isn,t on their pick up list.thank god the child was returned safely!!!The mother was probably worried something terribley.The school system needs to get tougher on these bus drivers after all these children are in their care untill they are delivered home<<<<
  • by citizen Location: KY on Nov 6, 2008 at 09:28 PM
    IF i rememjber right, when i was growing up we had full buses that did city and part of the country routes. We did not have a chaperone of monitor on the bus. Mabye if the kids of today were better behaved and respected the driver, they would be able to pay more attention in situations like this. And yes i got of the bus in 2nd grade and walked to my house.
  • by tim Location: eastern,ky. on Nov 6, 2008 at 08:36 PM
    the driver should be fired,and the school district sued.this is unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by A Bus Driver Location: In KY on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    I am a bus driver of all ages. No matter how old or young the child is, I am responsible for what happens to them. This includes some days knowing where I let up to 125 kids off. I also make sure that the younger ones have someone home even though state law says that with elementary children even that is not required. On many occasions I have called their school to ask if I can actually leave children without an adult with me on my next route to ensure they are not alone or locked out for an hour. More than likely their older brother or sister is on my next bus or by then Mom/Dad is home. Things happen. Traffic jams, emergencies, etc. It is my job to keep them safe. I knew taking the job I was going to be held accountable, so I hate to hear when "just any driver" who is there just to get a check gives the rest of us a bad name. I applaud the mother for standing up and speaking out. I also believe that we should all have a monitor. For our kids, keep the standards high!!
  • by worker Location: ky on Nov 6, 2008 at 04:39 PM
    where I work it doesn't matter if there are 5 or 50 kids on the bus the driver must not let the child off the bus unless the have a letter from the school office signed by the principal and if no one is home for a little child then they take them back to school, try to contact the parents,if nothing they will call the police....this is not just a mistake of 45 kids, I was tired, knew the person, whatever..all it takes is one mistake for a child to die..What would they do if the child were hurt..will they wait for a child to be hurt then do something, I hope the mother continues to fight and doesn't let the school board try to push it under the rug, with a we've got it under control..it's fine...I wish more mothers would give their children voices..we can't have slackers when it comes to children..
  • by Shirl Location: Stanford on Nov 6, 2008 at 04:36 PM
    A similar incident happened to my granddaughter who was 6 years old at the time..and nothing was ever done about it so I understand her emotions and her anger and she deserves some answers...Thank god her child made it to her and is ok...Bless you mom..
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