Mom: McLendon Elementary Children Left Asleep on Bus

Parent Shawna Blackwood said her two kindergartners were left on the bus after they fell asleep.

How upset would you be if this happened to your children?

A parent at said her two kindergartners were left on the bus – and weren't let off at the bus stop – after they fell asleep in their seats, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Now the DeKalb County School System is coming down on the bus driver (and some other employees as well, possibly).

From the story:

The Blackwoods imagined their 5-year-olds wandering the streets — alone, afraid and lost. But soon, they had another reason to cry. The shouting apparently awakened one of the children: "That's when my niece raised her head and said, 'auntie, I'm right here."

Little Giselle Blake had been sleeping. Adelaide Blackwood's son, Joshua, was still snoozing by her side, and missed the whole thing. As far as he knew, it was a normal first day of school.

Read the full story at the AJC.

So, how upset would you be if this happened to your children? Tell us in the comments section below.

Jonathan Cribbs August 24, 2012 at 09:07 AM
It's pretty easy for this to happen. I once fell asleep in my seat in elementary school and woke up as the driver was headed back to wherever they keep the buses. My driver had to turn around and dropped me off about a half hour late. When I got home, my mom sort of just shrugged. It was sort of a non-issue at that point.
Meghan Ramsey August 25, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The key here isn't that the kids fell asleep and missed the stop. It's that the bus driver said she checked the bus and didn't see any kids, so she picked up the next load of students (like high school). The bus drivers are supposed to check the bus at the end of every run. Unless the kids were asleep underneath the seat, which they weren't, she couldn't have missed them. This is also the first day of school for a couple of kindergarteners...5-year-olds who may never have ridden the bus before.


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