UPDATED: Parent Concerned Over Reported Bus Incident, Says She Won't Sue

A Kinston woman says she's decided not to sue her son's school after she says her 11 year old was kicked off the school bus and left to find his own way home.

Angie Williamson and her sixth grade son Alex Estep were in good spirits Friday, but that wasn't the case a few days ago when Angie found out her son was taken back to school because of bad behavior and forced to call home for a ride.

When Alex couldn't get ahold of her he started to walk-home, which is 13-miles away from where he attends, E.B. Frink Middle School in La Grange.

Williamson says she spoke to a school board member today who apologized and said policies would be changed.

A sixth grader's mom tells WITN she's angry and confused saying her son was kicked off the school bus and that he started to walk the 13 miles home.

Angie Williamson's son goes to Frink middle school in the Lenoir County town of La Grange. Williamson says there was a fight on the school bus on the ride home, and the driver turned around and dropped her son and two other students back at the school.

According to school officials, the students were told to call their parents to pick them up. The students claim they told a school official they were leaving and started walking. Another student's mother picked them up a short time later.

The school says at no point were the students told to walk home and that they did it on their own accord. Lidia Guzman, spokesperson for the school system, says, "from what i understand the students were not given permission to walk home. They were told a teacher would drive them home. If they could not get their parents a teacher would take them."

School officials say they called several times but did not get a response from Williamson. Williamson says they called once and when she called back no one was available.

Williamson says she has hired an attorney.

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  • by lm Location: nc on May 30, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    The kids should have stayed at the school to wait for their rides home instead of choosing to walk home. If these were my kids, they wouldn't be able to sit for a while. Also, since when would teachers offer kids rides home? I have never heard of that. My kids went to Lenoir schools for a while and no teacher ever offered them a ride home. I always had to leave work when something came up.
  • by Discusting. on May 30, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    She should sue. She should learn how to make her son mind adults. I agree the school should be able to sue parents who's kids are holdums. THis is just nuts. IF she sued, she should only win parenting classes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on May 30, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    E.A., you are awesome. Kids aren't perfect all the time. But when preparing them for adulthood, we need to teach them to follow the rules. If they don't, they need to suffer the consequences.
  • by E.A. Location: Jacksonville on May 30, 2009 at 12:26 AM
    Years ago, both of my boys were kicked off the bus for fighting. Fighting with each other!! A law suit never crossed my mind. Blistering their butts took over my thoughts! "Momma, it's cold and raining, can you take us to school?" "Nope. I pay taxes so you can ride the bus. If you can't behave and consider the safety of others, you can deal with the cold and rain". Needless to say, after walking a few blocks in the cold, winter rain, they never considered fighting again. Am I the "Mother from Hades"? Maybe. Did they behave after that? You bet they did!
  • by To Yazmen on May 29, 2009 at 09:01 PM
    You pay your taxes so that your child gets a free education... I don't believe bus riding is included in that, in fact... taken directly from the NC Constitution...Sec. 15. Education. The people have a right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right. It says nothing about having a right to ride a bus.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on May 29, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    Oh shes not going to sue bacause she cant. As per the story he took it upon himself to leave the school and walk home.
  • by T Location: LaGrange on May 29, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    This updated story is wrong. I know for a fact a teacher offered to take this child home. Would the mother have offered gas money for that, because it's not like teacher's are reimbursed for such.? The child was misbehaving. The bus driver is responsible for the safety of all children. The fact that someone even apologized to this woman is crazy because the child left on his own. He was offered a ride home.
  • by robert Location: newport on May 29, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    I think that the school should sue the parent.
  • by Mike on May 29, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    This is just stupid,as is the world today.Im only 32 and when i was a kid i can remember the bus driver leaving me on the side of the road more than once for fightig on the school bus.These kids were lucky they got left at the school.This country is turning into a bunch of money hungrey panzies.
  • by Lady M Location: Eastern NC on May 29, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    All the parents here talking about these kids probably don't have any idea what their own kids are up to, believe me I bet they do stuff that you don't know and are lying to you. Don't be so quick to put someone down.

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