Parents told Eyewitness News they are furious after their young son was dropped off at the wrong bus stop in East Hartford.
After being dropped off at the wrong stop, Wyolene Haslam said their 10-year-old son, Kendall Fitzpatrick, was then forced to walk more than a mile home in the dark.
"We were all upset about my child being a mile away from the house," Haslam said.
Kendall takes the bus home from Robert O'Brien School and for the last two months, her son was dropped off in front of their home on Tolland Street. But, Tuesday afternoon, Haslam said she became concerned after her son's school bus never showed.
"I called the school right away and I asked them the question - 'where's my son?,'" Haslam said.
As she waited for an answer, Kendall said he and other students told the bus driver they were at the wrong stop.
Kendall was on Chester Street when he was supposed to be more than a mile away on Tolland Street.
"She said this is where you live so I can't put you back on the bus," Kendall said. "So she closed the door and she left."
As the bus took off, Kendall said he started walking, but he was unsure of how close he was to his house. Kendall's dad became worried and started driving around the neighborhood looking for his son. And he happened to pass him walking right near the East Hartford Police Station.
"I ran across the street and I started crying because I was glad that I see him," Fitzpatrick said.
East Hartford Superintendent Nathan Quesnel declined interview, but released a statement.
"This issue was immediately reviewed and corrected by district personnel as soon as it came to our attention. We are extremely relieved that the student involved is safe and forward our sincere apologies to the parent," the statement read.
Despite the district's assurances, Kendall said he's still too scared to get back on the bus.
"I feel like if I do get back on the bus it's going to be another problem," Kendall said.
Kendall's parents said they will continue to pick him up from school until they're sure the district won't make the same mistake again.
Eyewitness News did reach out to First Student, who is the bus contractor, for comment, but they did not return the station's calls.
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