Bus takes Wake Co. student with special needs to wrong stop

(WTVD photo)

(WTVD photo)

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A mother says she was in a sheer panic when a contract driver for the Wake County Public School System took her son with special needs to a house miles from where they live, WTVD reports.

Wake County school officials are investigating the matter.

Austin Crank, 5, has Down syndrome and, because of that, has trouble communicating well. So when his mom, Jennifer Crank, got a call at work Monday and was told Austin couldn’t be dropped off at his Wake Forest home because of a barking dog, she was concerned. She doesn’t have a dog.

Jennifer left work to go home and make sure Austin got home safe. Nearly an hour later he was still not home.

Austin eventually made it home safe but Jennifer was not happy with the driver and says this wasn’t the first mistake the Wake County schools transportation contractor has made. She said one time Austin fell asleep and the driver forgot he was a passenger.

Jennifer told WTVD she’s open to listening to Wake County School officials once they complete their investigation, but unless she can get assurance it won’t happen again, she won’t be putting Austin back in the hands of Associated Transportation.

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