Bus Driver Mix-Up Leaves Kindergartener 10 Miles From Home

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A Buffalo, NY mother was outraged on Tuesday when her son was dropped off at the wrong location. It was the first day of kindergartenlittle lost boy for Valencia Bates’ 5-year-old son, Jon Anderson, at Central Charter in Buffalo.  Instead of being returned to his home in Blasdell, NY, Jon was left 10 miles from home outside of an apartment complex in Cheektowaga.

Jon was not left in the care of any adult, so the child wandered around aimlessly distraught, crying and alone. A passerby saw Jon and called 911. Two hours later he was returned to his mother’s care.

Bus transport is arranged by the West Seneca School District. The district has acknowledged that the bus driver broke policy by dropping Jon off by himself. According to their protocol, if there is no  parent present, then the child is not let off of the bus until a parent is available.

According to Dr. Mark Crawford, the Superintendent of the school district, the bus driver had mistaken Jon Anderson for another boy that has his first name. The other child had been absent on Tuesday, which led to the bus driver’s mix-up. Still, Bates worried about her missing five-year-old for hours before anyone could tell her where he was.

Valencia Bates is a bus driver herself, so it’s hard for her to fathom how such a mistake and breach of protocol could have occurred. The driver’s mix-up has a greater affect than broken protocol. The driver abandoned someone’s child in the middle of nowhere. Both the child and the mother were greatly affected by this incident. Bates says, ”My baby sat on the curb and and cried. When he saw me, when I came out of the police station I told him ‘I love you so much.’ I was lost. Anyone could have gotten Jon. Anybody not in their right mind could have got my baby.”



  1. Jackie

    September 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    What Idiot would dump a baby like that, Valerie should K*** YOUR A** repeatedly

  2. Amazing Grace

    September 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Protocol was broken. The bus driver should receive a counseling memorandum for leaving a child alone like that.

  3. Ann G.

    September 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Wow! Be blessed young man and so glad nothing happened to you especially in this time of child abuse. There was no there to meet this young man therefore he should have never been left alone.

  4. buff city

    September 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    716! love my city, question the peoples intelligence though

  5. Really???

    September 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I’m so happy that little boy was found by a good person. Anyone could have taken that child. The Creator is so GOOD

  6. ana

    September 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    WoW! Thank God the child is safe and sound. However, I thought this only happens in Atlanta,Georgia.

  7. Weslin1

    September 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    The driver should be fired and maybe prosecuted. Did he just want something to happen to that child. God knows; what if a molester had gotten to that child. The driver should be taught a lesson. Who drops a child off ten miles from there destination????


    September 10, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I would’ve stomped that damn bus driver!!! He wouldn’t have left no other kids off in n the wrong spot anymore. Bet that!

    • Talala Mshuja

      September 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      The mother should have been there with this child, especially for kindergarten. A child that young should be escorted to school, shame on the mother & father for not being there with this child, or dropping him off themselves…

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