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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:05 AM
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School Bus Driver Drops Off 6 Year Old Miles From Home - Arrested
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DAVENPORT, Iowa --A school bus driver has been arrested and fired after allegedly dropping off a 6-year-old boy six miles from home. Kathryn Gilbraith, 53, is accused of telling the boy to get off the bus and walk home after he missed his stop on Monday.

A woman found the boy crying in a central Davenport neighborhood and called police, who charged Gilbraith with child endangerment.

"All he could say is, 'I need 911,'" said Jo Robbins, who discovered the Eisenhower Elementary School student near her home. "Poor little guy. He was just so scared. I sat him on my step and helped him out a bit. It's not a very good neighborhood where I live. I am just glad nothing happened to him."

Gilbraith, who lives in Milan, Ill., was fired after the incident, said Steve Watt, manager of First Student, which runs the district's bus service.

Watt said the child was picked up at his usual spot Monday morning but did not get off when the bus arrived at Eisenhower. He realized he had missed his stop when the bus started picking up students from another school, and he asked the driver to take him to Eisenhower, Watt said. That's when Gilbraith allegedly told the boy to walk home.

Gilbraith defended her actions, saying she was a substitute driver on a bus route she had never done before and was running 20 minutes late. She said she wanted the boy to walk home to ask his mother which bus he should be riding.

"My perception is that he had gotten on the wrong bus," said Gilbraith, who had worked for First Student for two years. "I didn't want to take him somewhere else if his house was right there."

Gilbraith said the boy was upset, but it didn't affect her decision because "6-year-olds get upset if a leaf falls."

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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:41 AM
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1. "6-year-olds" get upset if a leaf falls."
:rofl:

Lady, you deserve the shitstorm you're getting, but that is one AWESOME quote. :D
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Blue Gardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:33 AM
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2. What a Bitch
She should be charged with child endangerment at the very least.
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:34 AM
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3. If that ever happens to Ian -
someone dies
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:45 AM
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8. That was my first thought. If our bus driver did that to my six-year-old
(or my nine-year-old, for that matter), I would beat them to a bloody pulp. And I've never hit anyone (except my sister when I was a kid) ...
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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:37 AM
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4. Wow.
I remember getting on the wrong bus in elementary school. The driver was brand new and didn't know me. He refused to drop me off at my house (even though it wasn't far - less than a mile), because he didn't want to just leave me anywhere.

Simple solution. Radio into the headquarters, who radioed my bus. The bus met my bus at the corner and I rode the right bus the rest of the way. Which was a little ridiculous, seeing as I was so close to home. However, better safe than sorry.

Needless to say, I was pretty embarassed. However, I couldn't imagine being a little kid six miles away from home in a bad neighborhood. The bus driver could have contacted the bus company or the school for advice. Sounds like she just didn't want to help the poor kid.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:38 AM
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5. Happened to my bro when he was seven
Just called home--I don't think anyone was arrested.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:23 AM
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6. She deserves an ass kicking for stupidity!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:26 AM
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7. And it didn't occur to her to call her boss or 911??
They ought to throw the book at this witch.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:49 AM
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9. She dropped him off in a shitty neighborhood to boot.
"...He was just so scared. I sat him on my step and helped him out a bit. It's not a very good neighborhood where I live. I am just glad nothing happened to him."

Screw simple child endangerment. This woman needs to have her head examined.
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