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Greenville Co. School Bus Driver Abandons Child Near Highway

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A Greenville County mother says she’s furious after learning a school bus driver kicked her 11-year-old son off his bus Friday morning, leaving him near a busy highway. (File Photo) A Greenville County mother says she’s furious after learning a school bus driver kicked her 11-year-old son off his bus Friday morning, leaving him near a busy highway. (File Photo)
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A Greenville County mother says she’s furious after learning a school bus driver kicked her 11-year-old son off his bus Friday morning, leaving him near a busy highway.

A spokesperson for Greenville County Schools said the bus driver was “terminated” for forcing the boy off the bus.

Fifth-grader Nigel Barner said his day started with an argument with some kids on the bus ride to school.

“I stood on my seat and I said, 'Leave me alone. Leave me alone.' And after that, that's when the bus driver slammed on the brakes,” said Nigel.

He said the driver forced him off the bus and drove away, leaving him near Highway 81 during morning commute.

It's two miles from Nigel’s home and four miles from his school.

“I held up this sign right here that says 'Help me. I'm lost.' I kept waving my hands up and down telling people to stop, crying up and down the street,” said Nigel.

Eventually, he picked a random house along the highway and asked for help.

“I woke up to a child beating and banging on the door, hysterical,” said Eddie Thomason.

Thomason brought Nigel inside and called the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, then called the boy’s mom, Nikki Rosemond.

Rosemond said Nigel is lucky he knocked on Thomason's door, but she can't help thinking how it could have turned out differently.

“Anybody could have picked him up, put him in a car, killed him, threw him in the woods," said Rosemond.

“We are legally responsible for that student from the time they get on the bus until we take them to school,” said Greenville County Schools spokesperson Oby Lyles. "The bus driver was terminated today."

He said if students are acting up on a school bus, the driver is supposed to put on the breaks and tell them to stop. Then, if it's safe, the driver can to continue to school. If not, they're supposed to call in law enforcement.

But Lyles said dropping a kid on the side of the road is never an option.

Lyles said there is no surveillance footage from that bus ride. That's because Nigel was on a "spare bus" this morning, which is used when a regular bus is out of service. Spare buses do not have surveillance cameras.

Nigel said he wants to ride the school bus again Monday, but from now on he says he’s going to stay away from the kids he was arguing with Friday morning.

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