Bit of a bumpy ride for CMS busses on first day back

Bit of a bumpy ride for CMS busses on first day back

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 12:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The first day of school in Mecklenburg County is over and done - with only a few issues.

At North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, a teacher spotted a suspicious car Thursday morning. When police went to check it out, the driver took off, led officers on a brief chase, then crashed. One student in the car had minor injuries. Police found a loaded gun in the car but don't think North Meck students were in any danger.

During the afternoon, a Butler High School student was in a car accident but their injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Not surprisingly there were some issues with the busses Thursday - there were a lot of new routes and time changes for drivers to get used to. Many kids got home late on the bus, others not at all.

“We were waiting for the bus and it was really late,” said Myers Park Elementary School fourth grader Mary Poth.

So late, she and the other neighborhood students were late to school. “At about 9:30 we decided we better get them off to school,” dad Michael Poth said.

The ride home wasn't much better.

“They were supposed to get off the bus at 4:45 and at about 5:30 or so we went to the school and found them in the gym and picked them up,” Poth said.

It was a similar story at nearby Dilworth Elementary.

“None of the busses were there when the bell rang,” said fourth grader Margaret Bolt. But one of Margaret's neighborhood pals never even got on the bus.

Andi Ricks was at the stop waiting for her six-year-old. “My neighbor's kids got off the bus. The bus driver checked the whole bus and told me out the window that he’s not here. It’s very scary. He’s six years old. He’s my first grader,” she said.

It turned out his teacher was confused about whether he was a car or bus rider - and kept him in the classroom. All of the students eventually made it home for an impromptu play date in the cul-de-sac.

Margaret Bolt might have summed up her day the best. "I thought it was kind of weird cause it’s the first day. They should have everything running a little more smoothly, but it also makes sense because none of the bus drivers know the routes or anything.”

Poth, who waited with his kids for the bus at 8:30 in the morning, and when the bus never came in the afternoon finally picked them up at school just before 6, said, “They had a good day at school. They got to meet their teachers and it was nice, but I think it was a long day for them.”

NewsChannel 36 checked in with interim superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh who said if any parent had any issues with the bus or the stop that the best thing to do is contact your child's school directly.

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