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Montgomery Bus Drops Boy Off at Wrong Stop; Stranded in Laurel for Hours

Tyshon Evans told the bus driver he was letting him off at the wrong stop but the driver didn't listen, the boy's family says. He walked alone for three hours before his mother found him.

Tyshon Evans told the bus driver he was letting him off at the wrong stop but the driver didn't listen, the boy's family says. Credit: Screenshot from Fox 5 video
Tyshon Evans told the bus driver he was letting him off at the wrong stop but the driver didn't listen, the boy's family says. Credit: Screenshot from Fox 5 video

A bus driver for the Montgomery County Public Schools reportedly dropped off a 7-year-old boy at the wrong spot Monday, causing him to be stranded in Laurel for several hours, says WTOP.

A substitute school bus driver dropped off Tyshon Evans, 7, at the wrong location, according to Fox 5. Evans told the driver that it wasn't his stop and asked to use a cellphone, but the driver denied the boy's requests.

The boy walked alone along Contee Road in Laurel for nearly three hours before his mother, Robin Godfrey, found him.

"We found him; he was hysterical, he was crying, he was like 'Mommy, I'm cold,'" Godfrey told the TV station.

The youngster was treated at urgent care and is expected to be OK.

Montgomery County Public Schools Public Information Officer Dana Tofig says the school system has contacted the family while the mishap is investigated.

"Certainly if a student was dropped off at the wrong stop it is unacceptable and we will get to the bottom of it," Tofig said in an email to WTOP.

Evans is a second grade student at Bel Pre Elementary School. Godfrey told Fox 5 this is the first time there has been a problem with her son’s transportation.

Lisbeth Allen February 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM
This is horrifying. That bus driver should be fired immediately. Just thinking about this poor little boy walking alone on Contee for three hours is dreadful. He's lucky to be alive. Poor little guy. Hugs to Tyshon and his mommy.
John Floyd II February 26, 2014 at 12:20 AM
This was indeed a bad situation for a young child that, most fortunately, had a good outcome. However, one detail that's not been explained in media coverage is this: why is a resident of Prince George's County (Laurel) attending a public school in Montgomery County (Bel Pre Elementary School)?
PansyAston February 26, 2014 at 06:25 AM
Why on earth did no one spot this little sweetheart walking alone? Could ANYONE have thought that was an okay situation? I am just appalled at yet another example of "I can't be bothered, not my problem...." Thank heavens he was not picked up by a cruising pedophile.
Christina Joy Phillips February 26, 2014 at 07:54 AM
@John Floydd II another article that I found goes into more detail about this....it appears maybe the family recently moved to that location due to difficulties and they are "in transition". http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/rockville/2014/02/25/montgomery-county-schools-apologize-wrong-bus-stop/5818109/
Jessica Cullen February 26, 2014 at 09:56 AM
@ john floyd- who cares where the child is from or what district they attend school in. how the hell does that have any merit in this situation. the driver is a moron. plain and simple. and more should be done than him just being fired. he should be prosecuted for child endangerment. the child told him it was the wrong place. plain and simple. what does he think the child doesnt know where the hell they live? seriously? some people just like to make excuses for other people. i however think the child could have been murdered, hit by a car, molested , or any thing. doesnt anyone care that the child was forced off despite him saying it wasnt his house? wow. if i was his mom i would personally seek out the bus driver and make his life a living hell, pressing charges and more. i would sue the school board if he wasnt arrested and charged for his misconduct.
Wendy Leibowitz February 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM
I agree with Jessica Cullen. Where the child lives and goes to school is irrelevant. The school bus driver should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Thank GOD the little boy is safe. My daughter would be hysterical if that happened to her. How did the mother find her child? No thanks to the bus driver, no doubt.
John Floyd II February 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM
To all who've commented that the child's residency is irrelevant, I pointed it out only because there is a decades-long history of Prince George's County parents enrolling their students in better-run public schools of other jurisdictions illegally due to the chronically-wretched state of their own county's educational system. That was evidently not the case with this family, but it is indeed a pervasive problem countywide. That is all.
Laura Marland Harlow February 26, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Under Maryland law, when a family becomes homeless (aka in "transition") and are living with a family member or a shelter, they are provided transportation to their home school to minimize the disruption to the child. "Tyshon is a student at Bel Pre elementary school in Aspen Hill. Montgomery County provides transportation to his temporary home in Prince George's County under a program to maintain stability for students in transition. Tyshon and his mother are living with a relative in Laurel."
Jack Galvin March 03, 2014 at 07:04 AM
Sure makes you feel your KIDS are "SAFE"....No damn EXCUSES what so ever. !!!!

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