Guilford County students forced to walk home after school bus breaks down

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Mother Amie Ward said she was shocked when she learned her son and others walked home Thursday after their school bus broke down.

Ward’s son is a seventh grader at Jamestown Middle School and does not own a cell phone. She said she’s reconsidering that after thinking of all the wrong that could have happened.

“He showed up with a neighbor child who lives down on High Point Road and said, ‘Mom can we use the phone, he needs to call his mom.' And I said 'Who?' He said, ‘Well, he needs to get a ride, he’s afraid to walk home.' I said, 'What you mean walk home?' 'Well the bus broke down and we had to walk home,'” Ward said.

Guilford County Schools confirmed that the school bus broke down on Suffolk Trail and a replacement bus was sent nearly a mile from Ward’s home.

“GCS regrets the lack of communication that led to parents not being informed of this incident. We continue to investigate the circumstances and will take the necessary actions to prevent similar occurrences in the future.” GCS Director of Transportation Jeff Harris said.

Following our story’s air, Ward said a ConnectEd phone message was made to the parents involved.

Ward is happy all the students are safe but wants to prevent another child from taking the risk.

“I go to the school and pick my kid up, I have to show an ID of who I am. If I try and get my kid off the school bus and the driver doesn’t know me, I have to show an ID to show who I am. But yesterday, it was OK to just let them go. It seems very unsafe, anything could have happened. One of these kids could have been picked up, one of these kids could have been hit by a car,” Ward said.