Two Lake Worth school district parents were terrified for about 20 minutes Monday afternoon when their kindergartner wasn't on the bus he was supposed to ride home.
Haggan Allcock, 5, got on the right bus after his first day at Marilyn J. Miller Elementary School, said his dad, Joe Allcock Jr. He just got off before he was supposed to.
An unidentified woman whose children were also on the bus found Haggan and called his mother, Allcock said. But that was after Haggan's parents had combed the neighborhood several blocks away.
"He was dropped off right next to Highway 199, which is a very busy road," Allcock said. "When he realized his mama wasn't there, he was standing in the middle of the road screaming for her."
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Allcock said the woman coaxed Haggan out of the street and into her driveway, then got him to tell her his mom's phone number.
Haggan is OK, his dad said. "He was a little mixed up."
Lake Worth Superintendent Janice Cooper said the bus driver, whom she declined to identify, made a mistake when he let the boy off without checking his identification wristband.
"It's absolutely the driver's responsibility to make sure the child gets off at the right stop," Cooper said. "He or she has a roster and is supposed to check the kids getting off the bus against that roster."
Cooper declined to discuss possible disciplinary actions against the driver.
"But we do take care of business here," she said. "There is a heightened sense of awareness among the bus drivers after this."
Haggan rode the bus Tuesday and got home just fine, Gail Allcock said.
"The bus driver said he's now making sure he checks every child's wristband," she said.
Haggan's dad said he's willing to give the district another chance.
"They better pray to God this doesn't happen again," Allcock said. "They wouldn't want to deal with me if it ever happens again."
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620