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February 12, 2014

Bus driver, monitor charged after boy left in wrong spot

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But they told him that they were dropping him off because that is where he lives, according to the police report. The child nodded and got off the bus.

He walked up to the house, and, as he had expected, found it locked. Then, he walked back to the sidewalk and stood there in the rain, crying, not knowing what to do, he later told police.

A family friend happened to pass by and put the boy in her car, then called his mother.

His mother, meanwhile, had been frantically calling the school after her son failed to appear at her office.

The following day, she confronted the bus driver and the monitor as they dropped the boy off, telling them they hadn’t used common sense.

Cloyd apologized, according to a police report, but Jankowski yelled at the woman, telling her to “move on” and citing a school policy that, he contended, does not require that someone be present to pick up a 6-year-old at the bus stop.

The mother said she complained to William Burke, the school district’s director of transportation, and told him she was going to report the situation to police, and he told her, “Go ahead.”

Later, questioned by police, Burke, Cloyd and Jankowski acknowledged that when presented with conflicting information about where to drop off the child, they never used the radio on the bus or even their own phones to call the school and clear things up.

Both Cloyd and Jankowski also told police that because they knew the boy lived in that neighborhood, he would be safe, and that they believed they had used “good common sense,” according to a police report.

The boy’s mother, who has asked not to be identified because it would identify her son, said she was horrified, pointing out that just last week a resident of her neighborhood was charged with possession of child pornography.

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