Danville Boy Walks More Than 6 Miles Home After School
Danville VA - A Danville parent says her son's school dropped the ball. Tuesday, her 7th grader, who has autism, had to walk home more than 6 miles by himself in the cold. His mother says that should never have happened.
Kameryn Davis attends an after school tutoring program at Gibson Middle School. His mother believed he would be riding a bus home, not realizing the bus service didn't start until next week. Since Kameryn didn't have a ride, he made the decision to walk home. But his mother says that should not have been up to him.
Like most parents, Deborah Davis considers her children's safety first. But she says her special needs son's security was jeopardized when he took a 6 mile walk home alone from school.
"This just should not have happened," said Deborah Davis.
Kameryn Davis says he found out during school that day that the bus wouldn't be there. So, when a teacher asked about him getting home, he made the decision.
"I seen some other students walking I thought I was walking. I thought I would see what walking feels like," said Kameryn Davis.
But he says that hour and a half hike didn't feel so good to him or his mother.
"He had to cross two busy highways...the neighborhoods that he came through were not safe," said Deborah Davis.
Before this walk, Deborah says she didn't even know her son knew the route and she never would have allowed this.
"He just never should have had to suffer that long walk in the frigid cold, with those heavy books not knowing what he could have been facing. I just thank God he made it home safely," said Deborah Davis.
Assistant Superintendent Andrew Tyrrell says they sent out alerts to all parents that transportation would not be provided that day. But Davis says she didn't get it.
"It is our responsibility to make sure that all communication gets to all parities," said Tyrrell.
Now, Tyrrell explains they are reviewing protocol. And Davis hopes this will never happen again.
"I just hope they are more aware, especially the children that has got special needs," said Deborah Davis.
Tyrrell says if a student ever finds themself in a situation without transportation they should find a teacher or administrator to help them. Meanwhile, Davis says school representatives are apologetic for what happened.