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Boy Put on Wrong Bus on First Day of Kindergarten

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WMUR News: PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- A 5-year-old Plymouth boy somehow got on the wrong school bus, which, in turn, dropped him off somewhere unfamiliar and unsupervised on the first day of school, according to the child's mother.

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When Damien Reed didn't turn up at the bus stop after school, his mother, Melissa, got worried.

"It was his first day of kindergarten, first day of school, first day on a bus, and he was scared," Melissa Reed said. "I didn't have time to think. I wanted to find him. I didn't know what to think."

Melissa Reed called her mother, Jolene Brette, who said, "This is my grandson. I'm panicking because he's not there."

Melissa Reed and Brette went to Plymouth Elementary School to search for the lost child.

"They said they put him on a bus, and I said, 'What bus?' And, they couldn't find him," Melissa Reed said.

With the help of a teacher, Melissa Reed and Brette tracked down a bus driver who remembered dropping Damien off at Fox Park. Melissa Reed said her son was dropped off about 500 feet down a busy road at the entrance of a park where there were no adults to supervise him.

"I'm like, 'Why'd you drop him off there?' Well, he said he wanted to go to the park, and, I said, 'Are you going to drop off any kid that wants to go to the park?' I mean, there's no one there no one waiting, and they just dropped him off," Melissa Reed said.

Melissa Reed said Damien was probably alone for about two hours.

"Come to find out he'd found his way home, dragging his school bag on wheels, trying to find a place he knows," she said.

Superintendent Mark Halloran of School Administrative Unit No. 48, which includes Plymouth Elementary School, said the buses are operated by Robertson Transit. In the future, the superintendent said, drivers will be more vigilant about making sure an adult is waiting for child before the child is allowed off the bus.

"They're going to be more careful," Halloran said. "I mean, this scared the school enough they're going to pay more attention before they put a child on a bus (and) make sure they're on the right one."

The superintendent told WMUR News 9 that he is waiting to hear back from the transit company about any additional steps they may take to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

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Kristin September 10, 2009, 2:36 PM

OMG. This is unbelieveable! This poor little boy. His poor mother! They’ll never trust the bus corp ever again!

ashley September 11, 2009, 4:41 AM

Wow!! I am curious to know what they did to the bus driver!? How could he just drop a kid off at a park just because he says he wants to go? Something is wrong with that scenario.
Maybe he was drunk like my busdriver in 8th grade. He would show up after school sometimes an hour late to pick us up and everyone said he was drunk. That is strange b/c we live in an affluent suburb where schools are top priority and you think someone would have noticed sooner. He got fired about 2/3 of the way through the year.

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