Wake student, 6, dropped at bus stop miles from home

From staff reportsNovember 30, 2010 

— A school bus driver has been pulled off the road while Wake County school officials investigate how a 6-year-old boy got on a bus and was dropped off miles from his home last week.

School officials say the East Garner Elementary School student, who is normally picked up his mother, persuaded a substitute teacher last Tuesday that he was a bus rider. The student gave the driver the location of a known bus stop in Raleigh, according to Greg Thomas, a Wake schools' spokesman.

The student was later picked up by a Good Samaritan and returned unharmed to the school.

Thomas said the investigation is ongoing and that the driver, Wanda Clark, 37, appeared to not have followed procedures for when an unfamiliar student wants to ride a school bus.

If the driver doesn't recognize a student, Thomas said the driver is supposed to contact the school to see if the parent has left a message indicating the child should be allowed to ride.

But Thomas also said that Clark had no other complaints during her 17 years as a Wake bus driver.

Thomas said several factors appeared to have led to last week's incident, including how the child had moved his name from the list of carpoolers to the list of bus riders on a wall in the school classroom.

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