Greene County Tech Student Temporarily Misplaced

MAY 12, 2006 -- POSTED AT 7:15 P.M. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR -- Thursday seemed like any other day to the Lane family, but when their 6 year old child didn't make it off the school bus that afternoon, they immediately began to worry.

"It's just terrifying. The first thing that went though my mind with kids getting picked up everyday, was that he was kidnapped and when you're kid doesn't get off the bus, it just terrifies you," says Steven Lane, the child's father.

So what happened next?

"After being on the phone for about 30 minutes or so, I ran over to my Mother-In-Law's to see just in case because he had rode the bus one time over there and I found him over at some people's house over by my Mother-In-Laws," says Lane.

The child got off the bus here, and luckily stayed here until his parents found him. But they say it's not exactly what happened, but what could have happened that they're most concerned about.

"Something needs to be done so this doesn't happen to someone else's kid, because it could have been bad. My kid knows where we live and he could have crossed that highway and he could have been killed," says Lane.

K8 News caught up with the Director of Transportation at Greene County Tech Schools to ask him about the situation.

“The little boy had ridden the bus to this house on different occasions, so it wasn't a big concern to the driver, although he should've probably had a bus pass and we have addressed that matter,” says Keith Davis, Transportation Director ofGreene County Tech.

Davis told us that school policy requires the student to show the driver a bus pass, signed by the principal or teacher, if they are riding a bus different from their regular route. But this policy wasn't enforced Thursday. When the 6-year-old got on the bus, the driver never asked any questions.

Greene county tech runs one of the state's largest fleet of school buses and deal with a lot of responsibility when a child ride's their bus, but has this kind of situation ever occurred?

"We have never lost a child. Now, we have misplaced a few, but within an hour we have found them and everything has been o.k.," says Davis of Greene County Tech.

Luckily, the kindergarten child was unharmed in this instance, but school officials say getting the kids to and from school each day takes work from both the parents and the school. They strongly encourage parents to go over the transportation plans with their child every morning. Make sure they are aware of what to do and how to get where they are supposed to be. From there, they will work to keep all their students as safe as possible.