COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A longtime Maury County school bus driver was suspended after a kindergartner on his bus was found wandering miles from where he was supposed to be dropped off.
It happened Thursday morning around 7 a.m. Bus No. 58 pulled in to the Culleoka Unit School and dropped off all the kids except for 7-year-old Michael Livingston.
Investigators said the bus driver, who is a 20-year-veteran, reportedly parked his bus miles away on Greasy Branch Road and failed to notice the little boy asleep in a seat near the front.
That’s when the child reportedly woke up, disoriented and unsure of where he was. He then started walking down dangerous narrow state highways.
Michael’s mother, Jamie Dunn, told News 2 her son was very scared and tired from walking. She went on to say that she is upset with the bus driver and suspension is not enough.
“I am very angry with him. It takes 40 seconds to check a bus to make sure you have no kids left on your bus,” Dunn said.
Michael was rescued by a Good Samaritan who found him wandering the wrong way at Scribner’s Mill and Seavy Hight Road, which is 4.7 miles away from the school and at least 1.5 miles from where the bus driver parked.
“Thank God for good people like that still. I want him [the driver] where he is never able to drive a kid again,” said Dunn.
The driver was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.
According to Maury County school officials, he has no negative marks on his driver’s file.