A Waterbury parent says a school bus driver abandoned his 5-year-old son, who was told to get off the bus more than 2 miles from his regular stop.
Tyke is in kindergarten at Generalli Elementary School, and he was back on the school bus on Wednesday, but there are some changes.
The bus now drops him off right at his home, and he also has a new bus driver, because the other one was fired.
On Monday, the boy never got off the bus at his stop, and his father Luis Santiago said his fiance couldn’t get an answer as to where Tyke was.
Turns out he was 2 miles away, on Byam Road, near the Cheshire line.
"Lucky enough there was a construction worker that was working, he immediately saw that no one was there to pick up my child, he turned my child over to a Cheshire police officer,” Santiago said.
He said the officer radioed to a Waterbury officer, who was able to bring Tyke home.
According to Durham School Services, which operates the buses, safety measures are in place. In fact, in Waterbury, an adult is supposed to be there when kindergarteners and first grade students are dropped off.
That didn’t happen, and the driver was fired.
A spokesperson for Durham School Services released a statement that said "We also work closely with the district to ensure the students have the appropriate identification bracelets that indicate they must be met by an adult. We are happy that the child was returned to his parents safely and unharmed."
Santiago said the Waterbury School District, including the school’s principal and the busing coordinator, have been great in working with the family.
He adds that he and his fiancé were a little nervous knowing their son would be back on the bus on Wednesday, but now Tyke is dropped off right at his house, instead of at a nearby corner.
"We're just happy, like I said that he's home, he's safe. He went to school today it's a smile on his face like nothing ever happened and that's the important part,” Santiago said.
Police are also investigating the incident to see if there was any negligence or just a misunderstanding.
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