Schools officials probe report of child found at store NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

September 14, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Carroll County public school officials are looking into a report that a Manchester Elementary School kindergarten student was found Friday afternoon at a local grocery store, possibly after falling asleep on a school bus that later stopped in the store's parking lot.

"It's under investigation," said School Transportation Superviso James Doolan yesterday. "I have no comment at this point."

According to Barbara Davidson, a cashier at the ManchesteSuper Thrift on Route 30, the boy was spotted in front of the store after lunch Friday, by a woman who knew his family. The woman took him inside the store.

The boy wore a tag that gave his name and phone number. Ms Davidson phoned his mother, who came and picked him up.

"He was not upset a bit. He was not crying a bit," Ms. Davidsosaid. "He was just as calm as a cucumber."

Jhe said the boy said he had been let off the bus at the store.

However, Ms. Davidson said she heard later that the child may have fallen asleep on the bus, which later was parked at the store.

It was the second recent incident involving a county child getting off a school bus in an inappropriate place.

Last Wednesday, a Taneytown bus driver was reprimanded after letting an 8-year-old girl off the bus at the local Sheetz convenience store. The child, who had boarded the wrong bus, told that bus driver she lived behind the store, school officials said.

Official policy requires bus drivers to return to the school with children who have boarded the wrong bus, officials said. Bus drivers also are supposed to check the bus after a run to make sure no children or belongings have been left on the bus.

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