The 5-year-old Blasdell boy whose first ride on a school bus ended miles from home has yet to climb back aboard, school officials said Monday.
The kindergarten student, who attends a charter school in Buffalo, was found wandering the streets of a south Cheektowaga apartment complex where he was erroneously dropped off last Tuesday afternoon. His school bus driver had diverted from the designated route, stopping first at the Cheektowaga apartment complex that’s home to another young passenger with the same first name.
A passerby discovered the crying youngster and called Cheektowaga police; the boy’s mother picked him up a couple of hours later.
The bus driver is employed by the West Seneca School District, which encompasses the Blasdell neighborhood in which the boy lives. District officials have said the driver failed to follow protocols, including having an adult present when a kindergarten pupil is dropped off.
The district is following internal procedures regarding the bus driver, School Superintendent Mark Crawford said Monday night, following a regular meeting of the West Seneca School Board.
Meanwhile, Brian Graham, assistant superintendent of pupil services, has been in regular contact with the boy’s mother and has offered to ride the bus with the youngster, according to Crawford. “The mom has said he’s not ready for the bus yet,” Crawford said, noting that she’s been driving her son to school.