A bus driver with the Hawkins County School District has resigned after a Kindergarten student was left on a bus.
We've learned the little boy simply didn't get off the bus with other students and school board officials say that resignation was turned in the same day.
School buses in Hawkins County seem to be at the center of recent safety concerns and it all started at Joseph Rogers Primary back on November 28th. A Kindergarten student got to school late, because he didn't get off the bus with other students. New 5 spoke with the boy's mother Crystal Roberts. "My son didn't get off [the bus] and he was too scared to tell the bus driver that he missed his stop," said Roberts.
The little boy was still on the bus when it was parked at the Schools' Transportation Department, about a 1/4 of a mile away. The Kindergartner told school officials he found a space to crawl underneath the fence surrounding the Transportation Department to make his way back to school.
"[He] went to the side of the road, and a really really nice lady asked him if he was going to Joseph Rogers, he said he was and she brought him directly to school," said Principal Teresa Jones.
School Board officials did speak with the bus driver and say the required safety check walk-through on the bus was not completed at the right time. "We have our procedures in place to prevent these sort of things from happening," added Jones.
Jones said while this is alarming news the school system is working hard to prevent this kind of accident from happening again.
Roberts, the boy's mother, says while it was an accident, she's concerned about all the bad things that could have happened. "My son could have been hit by a car. Or not to say the lady that picked him up was a bad person, but she could have taken off with him," added Roberts.
News 5 also learned all bus drivers will be meeting this Friday to go over safety rules and regulations. Students are also being briefed on bus safety rules as well.