CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. - A Prince George’s County family is upset after being informed by their 3-year-old son’s school that he had gone missing and was eventually found by himself on the school bus several hours later.
Every weekday at 8 a.m., 3-year-old Daquan’s grandfather drops the young boy off and waits for him to get on the bus for school at H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center. The child's grandfather told FOX 5 there was both a bus aide and a driver onboard Monday morning.
However, Daquan's parents later got a call about their son never making it to school. It turns out he was left on the bus by himself for three hours. When school staff found him at the bus lot, he was alone crying.
The boy's father, Daquan Bradshaw, is glad his son was found safe, but wants to know how this could have happened.
“We found out that he was all on the bus by himself for a couple of hours without anybody making sure that he wasn’t on there,” said Daquan’s father. “As of father, I was upset. I was really mad. And truthfully, I didn't know what to think because I wasn’t sure if he was hurt or injured.”
Prince George’s County Public Schools said in a statement:
“We are currently investigating whether proper protocol was followed. We want to assure parents that we do everything we can to keep their children safe.”
In the meantime, the child’s father has filed a complaint with the school.