A Clayton County mother said when her 4-year-old son’s school bus arrived Monday afternoon, he wasn’t on it. Instead, he was brought home later in the back of a stranger’s truck.
Vanessa Ibarra said she waited for her son Dominic to get off at his bus stop in Forest Park Monday, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The child, who had just started pre-kindergarten at Huie Elementary School the previous week, was supposed to be dropped off near Hendrix Drive, she said. When the bus pulled up about 2:30 p.m, she expected to see her child with his Spider-Man backpack.
He wasn’t anywhere to be found.
Ibarra said she called the Clayton County Public School system to find out where her son was and learned the 4-year-old had been dropped off somewhere else.
“Nobody knew anything,” she told Channel 2.
Later that day, she said, a good Samaritan appeared in her driveway and knocked on her door. Dominic was in her backseat.
“And I asked what are you doing with my son and she goes, ‘he was wandering down the street,’” Ibarra told Channel 2 Action News.
The 4-year-old knew he was lost and managed to give the woman directions to his house, the news station reported.
Ibarra said Dominic was dropped off at a bus stop near Magnolia Lane, about two miles away from Hendrix Drive.
In a statement, Clayton County schools said it “is aware of an incident involving a student being dropped off at the wrong bus stop earlier in the week. As the district continues to gather the information relative to this incident, we are addressing this matter internally and appropriately.”
For Ibarra, she’s just happy her son is home.
“I was one lucky mom,” she said.
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