27 Aug 2013

Family aghast school bus driver left boy on roadside

6:09 pm on 27 August 2013

The grandmother of a six-year-old boy left on the side of a busy road in east Auckland says the school bus driver involved should be fired.

Oliver Hunter was dropped off at a Howick intersection, three streets from where his mother was waiting, last Wednesday.

The boy's grandmother, Jane Northwood, says the driver took the boy off the bus, walked with him across the road and pointed out where he needed to go.

The boy's mother eventually spotted him running and crying.

Operator Howick and Eastern Buses says the driver has been taken off school runs while the incident is being investigated.

Ms Northwood, who is a lawyer, says the says the driver's actions are unacceptable and she should lose her job as she breached a duty of care.

"This was the most grossest breach of her duty. If you can do that to a six-year-old child in those circumstances, I mean really, she needs to have some long, hard looks at her attitude."

Howick and Eastern Buses general manager Sheryll Otway says the driver did not follow company policy.

"That policy is to drop children at their appropriate bus stop and if at any stage the child is disorientated that child is to be brought back to our depot and we will locate the parent or caregiver."

Ms Otway says the driver has been taken off school runs and the company is working through some disciplinary processes.