School apologizes after 6-year-old forgotten on bus Friday morning
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- It's the first week of school for Lynchburg children, and one first grader didn't make it to his classroom Friday morning after his mother says he fell asleep on the bus, and was left in the bus lot until he woke up.
"I put him on the school bus like 8:14 [Friday] morning," Jessica Lancaster said. "I thought my son was already at school, he was left on a school bus."
She says her son fell asleep, and when he woke up around 10:30 a.m., he realized he was in the bus parking lot and walked into the transportation office.
The principal of her son's school, T.C. Miller, did call to apologize.
"I'm calling you to let you know if Jayysun comes home telling you he got transferred to school on a van, it's because he got left on a school bus for falling asleep on the bus," Lancaster recalled the message.
But, Lancaster is not upset with the school, she wants answers from the bus company.
"He said I do apologize, that's not good enough," she said. "Why ya'll didn't pay more close attention to my child?"
Jayysun, who is only six-years-old, said he was very nervous and the first thing he thought was, where his mom was.
Lucky to have her son safe and sound, the questions of what could have been still swirl in her mind.
"Somebody could have came and picked him up off the bus," she said. "He could have been walking on the streets, figuring out where to go, what if my child was left alone all day on that bus in that heat?"
Come Monday, and for the foreseeable future, Jayysun will have a new way of getting to homeroom.
"I'm going to take him to school myself, because I'm scared if I put him back on the bus again, what if he don't make it to school again," Lancaster said.
The superintendent's office said it's an issue they are working out with Lancaster and right now they do not have a public comment on the matter.