School Bus Didn't Pick Up Two Boys

By: mike.mcknight@wowt.com Email
By: mike.mcknight@wowt.com Email

Cold and scared two young boys are missed at school bus stop. Thankfully they're alright tonight because of a concerned neighbor and diligent sheriff's deputy.

As the two young boys stood on the corner in three degree weather neighbor Ashley Wilke wondered why the school bus hadn't picked them up. Ashley says, "Just said to them you think the bus forgot your guys? And the older boy got a little teary eyed and said he was freezing."

Ashley says the boys were reluctant to go into a stranger's home so she flagged down a Sarpy deputy who put the boys in a warm cruiser. Deputy Kevin Demarque says, "I started talking with them and they said the bus never showed up so I contacted mom."

Sheriff Jeff Davis says that's why deputies patrol school bus stops.
Sheriff Davis says, "It was great for the deputy to be checking on them and actually the lady who flagged him down and said hey these kids have been here a long time."

The deputy says the boys ages seven and ten wore tennis shoes had gloves wore coats with hoods..Deputy Demarque says, "They were good to go when mom showed up."

And now the boys' dad knows another neighbor
The boys' dad knocked on Ashley'S door, "I just wanted to say thanks for looking out for our boys. Ashley says, " You're welcome, Parents have to go to work in the morning and then you have to leave your kids."

Dad who asked his name not be used says the boys could have gone home but the oldest had a test. Dad says, "He was afraid if he moved from the spot, the bus would come and they'd miss it."

Mom took the boys to Crestridge Magnet Center where the boys opt in for international studies. After school the bus dropped them off not on the corner but in front of their home near 168th & Giles.

Fact Finders contacted Student Transportation of America and waiting to hear back from the bus company which is looking into the incident.

A sheriff's supervisor was reportedly told the usual driver didn't make it into work and the replacement might have stopped a block over. The boys' parents say the bus service apologized.


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