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Comments for: MDI school implementing changes after 5-year-old was dropped off at wrong bus stop, lost for 2 hours

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  • Anonymous

    Glad the little lost scholar is OK.
    So many caring people looking out for her.
    Glad this is Maine, cause it might not be so safe elsewhere.

    • Serious retraining needed for the substitute driver.

      • Anonymous

        and the parents and child too.

    • Anonymous

      I have never met Ms. Neily, but have spoke with her on the phone over the years. She seemed to be as was reflected by those repopting this incident a very caring individual who goes to great length’s to make sure her students are safe.

  • Anonymous

    The bus driver couldn’t remember where he dropped her off despite the fact that it had only been half a mile earlier?

    Sounds like my memory.

  • Anonymous

    Oh I’m so glad I had my boys 30+ years ago. When my youngest was in kindergarten and getting off the bus, I frequently wasn’t home. He would go in, make his lunch and go watch TV. He was thrilled to be all by himself and not have any of the other 5 members of his family around. What would he be doing in this day and age?

    • Anonymous

      Parents used to teach their children what to do if no adult was around or a mistake occurred. Any of my children would’ve picked up the phone and called home the moment they went into the babysitter’s house or if close enough, would’ve walked home and complained that they had a stupid bus driver who wouldn’t listen to them when they told him this is the wrong stop!

  • Anonymous

    OH, my gawd! It is not a perfect world??

  • Anonymous

    Substitute driving is the worst job in the world. It’s impossible. The driver couldn’t remember because he/she didn’t have a clue which kid was which, nor the grade level of the student. The driver was probably very nervous that exactly what happened might happen and certainly didn’t mean to do something wrong. It may have been short notice when the person had to do that run and s/he might not even have been familiar with the Island. It’s a frightening thing to have happened for all concerned, but blaming a “spare” bus driver is unkind and unfair. Remember, the child was in no danger at any time, just misplaced and thankfully at familiar location. The driver is no doubt very upset too. It is unkind of the administrator to continually point the finger at the bus driver and company. It’s a mistake everyone fears, but be clear that at the end of the day, school staff put kids on the buses and their responsibility is over. I am certain the driver is feeling badly and that the company staff are issuing appropriate remedial measures as well.
    No, I do not work for Cyr Bus. :o)

  • shannon attwood

    I went to school in Bar Harbor and Connors School. Brings back memories.

  • Anonymous

    This issue seems to crop up every year; seems to me that DOE ought to establish some rules to prevent this from happening before something tragic happens……….

  • Anonymous

    You know that the weakest link in the pupil transportation industry is the spare driver issue. The spare driver cannot possibly know all of the children who ride on the many routes he or she drives. In forty odd years in school busing, I have not been able to figure out a fix, try as we may and we do try. There is expensive technology available to ID and photograph each child getting on and off the bus. That would eliminate this type of error, but most districts and contractors of the sizes in this part of Maine are not able to afford it.. So we do the very best that we can and thank God when all of our kids are safe.

    It is so easy to place blame in these types of incidents, but what purpose does that serve? That poor bus driver is already facing his or her own internal judges. You know, retraining wouldn’t fix that particular problem. What are you going to train that person to do next time? The driver had old information that maybe the regular driver didn’t see a need to update or what if the updated information had not yet been input to the system? I find that when I have to substitute drive, a job I hate more than anything, my best resource is the other kids on the bus, but that has to be done in a controlled fashion or one gets too many helpers.

    I challenge all of the critics to license up and drive a school bus. You will find that the kind of incident that happened can happen to any of us. That’s a statement I learned long years ago from a supervisor I had. Now as a supervisor myself, I use the same words over and over again. Mistakes happen to any of us and criticism rarely helps, especially coming from people who don’t know what we have gone through or what the job entails.

    Again, I don’t work for Cyr Bus, but I would be proud if I did.

  • westshores

    When I was very young my parents tried to convince me that I had been dropped off at the wrong house by a new school bus driver and I was not their child. I didn’t take the bait though and stayed right there. However, during middle school they moved away when I attended an overnight sports camp. Seriously folks-THIS ISSUE IS WAY PLAYED!

  • We have not had good luck with this bus company, From not stopping at consistent times, to sometimes just not showing up at a bus stop with no warning. It was so much better when the schools employed their own drivers and didn’t farm out the work, I can’t imagine Sue or Mr Linscott dropping someone off at the wrong house.

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